To answer your question YES, I can't tell you how many infections that I have had that as made me VERY sick.
Two years ago I had pneumonia so badly that I ended up on a vent and they informed my family that I wouldn't live thru the night. My hubby informed them that I was a " TOUGH OLD BIRD" and would pull thru. I did.
I just got out of the hospital last night and I've again been critically ill with pneumonia again. Because of the leukemia I have I've been told that many of us with type, die of infections before or cancer ends our life. Having the lupus/RA with this in addition is very difficult for my docs.
Each lupus patient varies from one another. Some have so mild cases they do not require meds. Then there are patients like me I'm so severe that my Dr's have no idea how best to treat me. I have attempted EVERY drug out there to treat lupus except Gold injections. NOTHING WORKS, EXCEPT HIGH DOSE PREDNISONE.
I've been on prednisone for 13 years now. If you were you average the daily amount taken over the years my daily dose would be 40mgs. I'm currently being tapered avk down to 20mg. I feel great around 50mg daily. However, the side effects from it is destroying my body. My bones are so brittle I've fractured 12 ribs since Feb 2013 thru today.
I hope and pray that you are able to get on the correct meds and start feeling really better right away. Please feel free to ask any questions I'm sure one of us will be able to answer it.
DX- RA, Lupus, Fibro, LGL Leukemia, Obstructive & Central Sleep Apnea, Pulmonary Hypertension, Bells Palsy, Gastroparsis, Blood Clots, Glaucoma, Chronic Pericarditis & Pleurisy, Severe Anemia. Way to many medications to list.