I was just diagnosed with lupus 2 weeks ago, for me it was a relief. I have had cronic pain, suffered the arthritis including gout along with nerve damage, difficulty sleeping because of the pain, being tired, confused and feeling quilty because of not being able to socialize or take care of my home at the paced I use too. All my doctors said was I was getting older and slowing down. So I adjusted, I started listening to my body, sleep when I want, clean when I had the energy and take pain meds when I hurt, changed my diet. Very depressing for me, Oh took those too. Right now I am angry with my doctors, it took the third doctor to test me because I had a gout attack, however the inflamation was so bad it burn skin on my feet, that caught her attention. I had complained for 6 yrs, and was told I was just getting older, I m 65. My spriit is good and I will adjust whenever I have too. Durring the last 6yrs others have faded from my social circle, I was the one who got tired of explaining how I felt. At first I felt abandoned, but now I feel ok, they werent people who cared anyway. I take lots of meds none for lupus, but for the symtoms that I do have. I know what I can and can not do, I have adjusted my house to keep me safe because I live alone. I still work, my job allows me to sit and stand when I need too. I have told the staff of my diagnosis they are trying to adjust now:) I work with some good people. I will continue to adjust.