I am sorry to hear that you are not feeling well today. From what the doctor told me it is a seperate Auto-immune disorder, but shoot, Lupus can attack any part of your body and even your stomach and intestines. I think that it damaged the Parietal cells in the lining of my stomach and intestines, so that I can no longer produce Intrinsic Factor. This is what I think has happened to me and the doctor did agree about that too. I have had Lupus since I was a small child, so it stands to reason that this could possibly happen over all the years. I will be 50 in December. I too am having pain in my thumbs and knees today. I hope that this never happens to you or any of my other friends that comes in here. I think that Saysusie has to take B12 shots too. I think I remember her telling me that in the forum. I don't know though.
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.