Welcome to the site. I am sorry that you are feeling so badly. My name is Kathy and I have had Lupus for over 44 years, but did not get diagnosed until I was 36 years old.
You asked if people die from this disease and unfortunately there are some that die, but that is not the norm. Most people are able to live a normal life span with the help of medications. There are some really good medications out there that help a lot in the treatment of Lupus.
I hope that you keep posting.
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.