I am 54 and have been reading the forum and articles since last April when I was diagnosed with severe OA of the spine. Since then I have developed various other symptoms and my GP suspects I have SLE. Pain meds have controlled the worst of the back pain and the neuropathies but I am being driven crazy by a very painful and stiff achilles tendon which refuses to heal, severe dermatitis on my scalp and constant fatigue. My GP doesnt seem to be in any hurry to refer me to a consultant. Any advice on what I can do? I have had to give up work and will soon have to give up my home if I cant get well enough to work. Hoping you will be able to give me some suggestions.