Welcome to the forum. I am pretty new here, but have had Lupus most of my life. I did not get diagnosed until I was 36 years old though, because in my case the Lupus progressed rather slowly and did not get bad until after I got the chickenpox. I fortunatley have never had it attack my kidneys, but it did attack my heart muscle is how I got diagnosed. I never had the fluid around the lungs or the heart. I have had the Costal Chondritis and things like that. As you know Lupus affects everyone differently and it is the most mind boggling thing you can deal with. There will be others that come in here that can give you better answers. Saysusie is great and so is Rob and a few others. Welcome to the forum and god bless.
Lupus for many years. Like most of my life. Sjogrens that started at 35 and Scoliosis, Spinal Stenosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Osteo-Arthritis of the spine, Ankylosing Spondilitis, Periferal Neuropathy, mild CP and now just recently diagnosed with PA. I had a disc replaced in December of 2007.
Plaquenil, Sulindac, Imuran, Celiac diet, Tramadol and B12 shot once a month.