Hot flashes and night sweats are common symptoms of Lupus.
Lupus can attack ANYTHING, although I haven't encountered anyone who had early menopause because of it.
Are you on any medications that might effect your hormones? Such as prednisone? Changes in blood sugar, thyroid, etc. could affect your menstrual cycles. Any gains or losses in weight? Big increases or decreases in activity?
Don't know if you have a GYN, but I would suggest seeing a GYN or your general practitioner to have some hormone levels tested to see what's going on.
Let us know what you figure out.
[I did have menopause around 52-53, but didn't really think of it as early or as associated w/Lupus, but I guess it could have been either or both.]
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator, Dx: 2002DIAGNOSING LUPUS & HW's LUPUS 101
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