With Raynauds/SLE, I haven't had any sort of pain in regard to the nail beds. I also haven't heard anyone on any boards mention problems similar to yours BUT they affect everyone differently!
If you had taken any meds or had shock to your system, it has been known that it shows up in your nails, but never heard of any pain associated with it... (just brainstorming)
I usually start researching on webmd or ivillage - there's a lot of different sites you can check.
You also might want to post in the forum under immune disorders - perhaps someone might be able to offer some suggestions there... And it may not be related to autoimmune also -
Have you asked your PCP to call in and get you an earlier appt? (Works for me) Whenever I hear that it's going to be more than a couple of weeks to see a new doctor, he calls for me and gets an earlier appt.
Good luck and keep us posted!
[This message has been edited by scbagrrrl (edited 07-28-2002).]