Welcome to the forum. There are a lot of people who are just wonderful that come in here. I am glad that your PC referred you to see a Rheumatologist. A lot of PC's will not diagnose Lupus, even if they suspect it. I know the one I saw told me that I had Lupus, but refused to treat me and sent me off to the Rheumatologist who agreed with him and put me on several different medications to get the Lupus under control. A lot of PC's are very uncomfortable treating Lupus, because they do not know that much about the illness. I hope that you get some good answers when you see the Rheumatologist. Keep posting ok.
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.