Hi Teresa, welcome to the group. Seeing a rheumatologist is a good thing. Just be sure to get one that knows about autoimmune diseases.
Pnemonia will cause you to feel the same symptoms. Being achy and tired. Who knows how long you have unknowingly had that. On the other hand If you test possitive for antinuclear antibiodies it could be caused from somthing or it could be caused from nothing. Some people test possitive and are sick some people test negative and are sick. That's where keeping good notes and having a good rhumy really helps out. It can take weeks to years to get a proper diagnosis. I would think that you should start feeling a little better with the steroids and the antibiotics in short order. predisone is a nasty drug but has saved many lives. What dose do they have you on? I have a horrid time trying to sleep on anything higher than 10mg. Not to mention the incredible munchies!
I know it's hard to do but try not to get to stressed at this point. If you do have Lupus stress is not a good thing. Of course we all have stress but try not to worry if you can help it. Let's just hope that you don't have anything more than a long over due need for antibiotics.
If you have other questions feel free to ask. I'm sure others will come along with other links for you to check out.
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