Best way to deal with pain is to treat what is causing it...lupus. Treating only symptoms doesn't make good sense. There are lots of different meds to address pain until suppression meds get your lupus under control. Pain meds only treat the symptoms and can become a problem in addition to lupus which should not be uncontrolled.
MCTD (SLE Lupus, polymyositis, scleroderma). Diagnosed 2005. Kidney, liver, GI tract, dysphagia, raynauds, barretts esophagus, quadriplegic in 2005. Recovered and now active in downhill skiing, golf, hiking. Meds: amlodipine, benezapril, omeprazole, potassium, folic acid, vitamins, maxide.
Remain Optimistic and you can overcome.