Are you only seeing a PCP?? They are NOT
the Drs for Lupus!!! You need to see a rheumotologist
-- they are the Drs trained in Lupus and know how to diagnose & treat it.
Generally, once you are diagnosed (which is by having 4 of 11 symptoms; a single blood test, ANA, is NOT conclusive), you are put on Plaquenil to slow the disease. Maybe Prednisone to get immediate inflammation under control. Then usually they try one of three other meds (Imuran,Cellcept,MTX).
Lupus is called the disease of 10,000 faces because we all present differently and we all may or may not respond to these other meds.
Please find a rheumy ASAP. You can feel normal again.
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator, Dx: 2002DIAGNOSING LUPUS & LUPUS RESOURCES
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