Welcome to HW. Yes, you are going in the right direction by finding a rheumy that knows about
Lupus. There are certainly more treatment options today than there were 33 years ago.
I don't think the problem is your age at all!!! It sounds like you've been unhealthy in some way for quite a while and I'm sure we can get you feeling better.
Three areas we can help ourselves before we even get to the Dr - food, eating enough protein & vegetables? - exercise, doing something for 5 or 10 minutes that gets your heart rate up every once in a while? - sleeping, do you get deep restorative sleep or do you toss/turn/etc at night?
See that Dr soonest!
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator, Dx: 2002DIAGNOSING LUPUS & LUPUS RESOURCES
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