There is no such thing as "too old to get Lupus". If a rheumy tries to tell you something like that, proceed directly to a second opinion.
That said, a primary care physicians diagnosis should be treated as a "preliminary diagnosis"
- while well-meaning, the only Dr who is fully qualified to give a Lupus dx is a rheumatologist.
Have you read our "Lupus 101" thread? (Link below.) It will offer you lots of information about
how to prepare for the rheumy appointment, as well as listing the symptoms that are used in the diagnosing process. You'll see that the red rash on the face has very little to do with a real diagnosis, but several of the other symptoms you mention are suspicious!
In any case, sometimes we don't get a clear diagnosis for several months or longer. That really isn't the issue, the primary thing you are looking for is TREATMENT to relieve your symptoms! The rheumy is the one with the education and the experience to treat you - and sometimes things are questionable enough that how you respond to certain treatments helps them figure out the final, specific diagnosis.
When is your rheumy appointment? Has your PCP given you any treatment in the meantime?
Let us know how it's going!
PS. It's often better to approach a new rheumy with the attitude, "These are my symptoms, what do you think is wrong?" rather than saying "I have Lupus". It's like the blind men each touching part of the elephant, the one touching the tail thinks its a snake because he can't see/feel the whole picture. You don't want the rheumy only considering one disease, when there are several that may fit your particular set of symptoms.
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator, Dx: 2000DIAGNOSING LUPUS & HW's LUPUS 101
"Life is far too important to be taken seriously." - Oscar Wilde
Post Edited (Lynnwood) : 1/15/2017 1:04:27 PM (GMT-7)