I was told I have lupus in 2000. I did not believe my doctor and did not take anything until 2005 when my joint pain got very bad. since then I have been on plaqueneil which almost made all the joint pain gone away. Then they found protein in my urine last fall and last month's biopsy confirmed that I have nephritis V. It seems to me it is one of the worst- a lot of articles talking about survival rates and kidney failtures. However, I don't feel sick and my blood presure, weight are very stable. Instead of puting me on predisone or cellcept, my doctor gave a blood presure pill. I just don't understand. Can anyone shed some light on this? Thanks a lot.