Hi Pat - I don't know if you recall, but I recently went through all that myself. Sounds almost identical. My GFR had even declined to 53 and bad edema at times. Turns out it was okay but I will need to be monitored from here on out. It was a relief to see a nephrologist. I do not have lupus nephritis at this point and it was wonderful news as I too was very worried. Nephritis and glumeronephritis are companions to our disease, so it needs to be checked out and kept an eye on. It may take a while to get an appointment, so I would get on that one soon. If nothing else, it is worth the peace of mind.
I wish you the best and hope all turns out well - Kristin
Dx: Lupus CNS 11/2005; Current - Mitral valve sclerosis, MVP/regurg, dementia; GERD; vision loss, narcolepsy, RA, IBS, ovarian cysts, raynauds, EBV/CFS, inflam. liver/spleen. Rx: Atenolol, Aricept, Flexeril, Motrin Previous-rashes, hemi-pelagic migraine, sensory loss, amnesia, PTSD/Dep., host of neuro problems, pregnancy compl., False pos. syphilis, fine speck & homogen ANA; IgM; staph/strept infections, colonitis, pancreaitis, gastritis, costochondritis, pericarditis, Hashimoto's, dyspnea, hyper/hypotension, lipedemia, ulcers, pneumonia, anemia, Scleroderma symptoms, vein swelling, etc.