Yes, medications will help you. I don't know if you are seeing a rheumatologist or not, but that is the dr who is the lupus expert. Usually they start with plaquenil, which can take up to a month to start helping with joint pain & various aches.
If your energy remains quite low, they will likely give you some prednisone, which helps with inhibiting inflammation and pain. It also substitutes for the adrenal glands, as they are usually shut down by the time we get to the drs -- they are to tired to produce the cortisal & adrenaline that gives us energy.
So keep talking to your rheumy about
every symptom, whether you think it is connected or not, as it all gives the dr more information. When I was first dx I slept about
18 hrs a day and was still totally exhausted -- now I have about
my normal amount of energy, maybe a bit less.
There is hope, and you don't have to be upset that you can't force yourself out of it -- this is a true physical issue, you are NOT being lazy or anything like that. The fatigue is real.
Check out www.butyoudontlooksick.com/navigation/BYDLS-TheSpoonTheory.pdf
, it helps explain to your family & friends why you are so darn tired right now.
Hang in there,
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator
Life is far too important to be taken seriously. - Oscar Wilde, 1882