Our expert says:
Lupus is one of those really sneaky illnesses, that can give a number of symptoms, mimicking other problems, before it declares itself. So for a time it may not be clear just what the "proper" tests would be. However, don't give up now and give in to gloom and depression. Indeed, consider getting help for the depressive aspects of this, as depression can amplify the symptoms and problems of almost anything, and managing the depression ( or depressive reactions to any other illness ) can help to make the illness, any illness, respond better to treatment.
Life can be highly unfair at times, but we need to try not to respond to this in ways that are even more unfair to ourselves. And don't assume that you have only a specific number of years to live --- these things vary very much, and with treatment of the illness and your currently unhelpful reactions to it ( and a shrink can really help here ) the time-scale could be significantly longer.
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