Silver pill packetsSonia has had Lupus for 30 years. She first developed symptoms at the age of 31 but they settled when she became pregnant only to recur again after her daughter was born. She had vasculitis of the fingers, aching joints and lethargy and was formally diagnosed at the age of 35yrs. Since then she has been on a number of different treatments including DMARDs, steroids and anti- hypertensives. The side effects of the drugs have meant she also takes bone protection and lansoprazole for stomach protection.