Welcome to our forum loopie89. Usually if you are on any dose of prednisone below 7mg your adrenal glands should kick in and produce enough prednisone to bring you up to a normal level. When our lupus isn't controlled the rheumatologists like us to stay on 5 mg daily so our adrenals keep working. At 5mg we also have fewer side-effects from prednisone, such as moon face and buffalo hump.
Some of us joke that when we are starting a pred taper, we get out our stockpile of movies, books, and magazines because we know that we will be up all night with anxiety and insomnia.
I know your rheumy is just testing to see your reaction to pred, but most lupies are also placed on plaquenil to start. It's an anti-malarial drug that just happens to help lupus. Low side effects, but takes a few months to work.
Ask your GP for advice. All lupies need their rest, so if it's possible for you to take a lunchtime nap by all means do that, but most persons initially diagnosed with lupus can't take off work every day they feel badly. Rest every possible moment you are at home. Keep us posted on how you're doing and if your holiday plans include being outdoors, wear lots of sunscreen, wide brim hats, and other protective clothing because sunlight causes many of us to flare. Love, Butterflake
SLE '05, Sjogrens, fibro, Raynaud's, major depressive disorder, CNS problems, diastolic heart failure, GERD, 1st stage kidney disease. Many meds: better living through chemistry