There are some links at the end of my signature that would help answer a lot of your questions.
The Lupus Resources topic has lots, as do the Lupus.org site and the 4 of 11.
The rheumy should take a very detailed health history and will likely order a lot of blood work. Prepare well for this appointment as noted in the Lupus Resources topic.
I hope this helps.
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Clickable Links: Lupus Resources Lupous.Org Lupus Criteria (4 of 11) Lupus Chapter Locator