Help! Will I ever be able to manage stairs or should I be living in ground floor flat? I'm being offered a house with stairs and need to snap it up or it'll be gone. I'm 50 and going through a lupus diagnosis after years of sun rashes, exhaustion and agonising joint pain. Punch biopsy and ana showed lupus. My first visit to Louise Coote unit is October and then more tests to see if it's systemic, then treatment. Will treatment mean I nevr have to worry about stairs? Or is that a fantasy? I live in ground floor flat and shuffle room to room doing chores in summer, stride around happily in winter. Stairs can be difficult or even impossible during a flare as my hips are either in agony, or frozen. Any answers gratefully received as I need to reject or accept offer quick.