I’m not quite sure where to start. I’m one of those people that don’t call the doctor on every little thing that happens. However, I was diagnosed 18 years ago so I am a little used to what my lupus is doing. So first I would ask what organs, if any, has your lupus affected? How long have you had lupus? How long have you been having the pains you are describing?
Now, why all the questions? To understand your lupus you need to understand your body. Your body actually talks to you if you listen. I can’t tell you how to learn to listen but a journal is a good start. Not a journal talking generalities but detailed of what happened and how it affected you physically and emotionally. You will start to see some patterns (hopefully) that can help you to read your own body.
My lupus has affected my central nervous system so I have TIA’s (known as baby strokes) and hallucinations. If I called the doc or went to ER every time one of those happened I would be in the hospital or doc’s office 24/7. However, the pain you are describing could be something serious. And even if your lupus has not affected your heart or cns doesn’t mean it won’t. Lupus tends to move around in the body so this could still be lupus and just a new lupus tactic. I would at least call the doc and tell them your symptoms. They know your history and can tell you if they need to see you or if it’s just “normal aging”.
Hope this helps.
Love and hugs,