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Hi Dawn and welcome,

Sending you gentle hungs and vibes for good luck with getting your pain in control.

I am currently on a dose of prednisilone (steriods) to help me with a flare. I am finding that the relief and sense of being "normal" again (well a lupi normal whatever that is :hehe: ) has been worth the upset of going onto the steriods. I agree plaquinel is a good drug for those of us it works for, I have used plaquinel in the past and it has been excellent for me. It does take some time to work though, several months at least. I am sure I will be going back on to plaquinel when I see the Rhumi, in the meantime my gentle GP has certainly helped by putting me on prednisilone.

All I can say with certainty is that being in constant pain causes depression and feelings of being unable to cope (me 1 1/2 weeks ago) and just getting some decent pain relief seems to make the load of having lupus an easier one to bear.

Do ask loads of questions and see if you fit the other criteria for lupus - not just the ANA. You will lots of information on this brilliant website. Perhaps you could discuss some of the info you research with your dr?

Meanwhile here are some ((((hugs))))
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