We do have people who've used acupuncture, hopefully one of them will see your post and be along to comment about that.
For me, Cellcept seemed to start helping after about 3 months. Its real use is as a kidney-transplant anti-rejection drug, so it's very potent. Some lupus patients seem to remain on Cellcept an awfully long time, but I read something about unless you really were transplant patient, it should be limited time usage just like most chemo therapies.
Cellcept in my case was addressing some severe cognitive dysfunction. I stopped after about 18 months when my brain seemed to be almost normal again. Since then I seem to have continued to improve. I consider Cellcept my miracle drug as I was useless without my brain.
I understand hating taking meds, but coming off these things slowly makes a HUGE difference to how your body responds. Kinda' like sneaking out of a child's room after they seem to have fallen asleep. Move too fast and the disease wakes up again! It's been 4 or 5 years since I was on both Cellcept and prednisone -- and just a couple days ago I took my last dose of 1 mg prednisone. You can come off the meds, but it has to be quite slowly for best results.
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator
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