If your rheumy is stuck on "the butterfly rash" as being the defining thing for a lupus diagnosis you need to find another rheumy. There are many symptoms of lupus and you need only have 4 of 11 of them to be diagnosed. Check the first topic "lupus resources" or www.lupus.org
to see what I'm talking about
She may have taken you off the prednisone so that she can get a more clear picture of what your symptoms are pre-treatment. There are treatments less intrusive than pred that are usually used first.
Hope you feel better soon
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator
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