oh, i am so sorry for all of your pain, and having to wait to see the specialist....that makes it worse. Are you seeing a rheumatologist? the 10th is not too far away, so hang in there and let's hope that the dr. is wonderful and that you get some immediate relief. the only suggestion that i can make about pain relief would be to ask if you have tried something like tylenol for rheumatoid arthritis. A lot of the medication that people take for lupus also treats rheumatoid arthritis. other than that, i suggest that you try to avoid being cold, and get plenty of rest.
please stay in touch and let us know how your drs. appointment goes. I am 57, so we are both in those wonderfully "sassy" years.