Well take a big deep breath and relax. I will be 50 years old this month and I am still going strong. I have had Lupus for some 44 years from what my Rheumatologist told me when he diagnosed me in 1996. I had had it for years before then, but it took all that time to get fully defined and he told me that I have one of the most classic cases of Lupus that he had seen in years. He told me based on my medical history and all of my symptoms that he believes I had it since around the age of 5. I sure don't intend to go anywhere anytime soon. People do not understand this illness and the internet can really damage people with their stupid statistics etc. A lot of the material is outdated big time. Lupus is a chronic illness, but it can be managed and you can live a normal life span. There are some folks that will unfortunately pass from this illness, but believe me that is not the norm. Believe me there is not an age limit on this illness. I have had people say wow you are going to die etc when they find out that I have Lupus and my response to them is yup eventually everyone is going to die from one thing or another and that they are not going to escape this life with out their dance with the grim reaper. That usually shuts them down quickly. Some folks are rude and unfortunately ignorant. Please do not think that there is an age limit on your life ok hon.
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.