hi Gerri and welcome -
Sorry to hear of your problems...Many, many people with lupus are unable to take meds with sulfa in it - it can caues major flareups...
If you feel better on the gluten-free diet, then I would do it, but, I have never heard that it can help with your lupus. Certainly, a healthier diet - less salt (fluid retention), sugar natural inflammatory), and fats (lupus patients increased risk of artheriosclerosis (sp?)) are much better for us. But, gluten does not have a direct correlation to lupus. Celiacs disease is an autoimmune disease like lupus is, but antibodies attack completely different organ systems in each disease.
I also have really bad allergies (at the prick test, I tested allergic to EVERY SINGLE ONE!!) and I am on a daily timereleased dose of Allegra, which works wonders.
So, what is their plan on treating your lupus? If you have kidney involvement, you will HAVE to be treated. Untreated kidney disease in lupus can lead to organ failure...There has to be something that can help you...I know there are some lupus meds that are not as harsh on the liver...maybe your doc could look into those for you?
You shouldnt have to suffer through your symptoms...I hope you get some answers soon, and are feeling better. let us know how you make out!!
For God has not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, love and a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7