I have been diagnosed with Lupus and Polymyositis for 2 years now and recently had my first "acute exacerbation" I am having a difficult time adjusting and dealing with daily pain. I decided to try this site to connect with people who understand what I am going through. People look at me and do not see an ill person and can't truly understand. I also have degenerative disc disease and deal with chronic back pain. I don't understand why I have to suffer in so much pain.