I know the meds are scary but just remember this... If you go to the doctor when things start and take them for short periods of time or on very low doses just to get the disease under control you will have fewer side effects from them then if you let things go too far And they have to give you large doses for very long periods and/or move on to even stronger drugs. Yes, the drugs can be harmful but not near as harmful as the Lupus most of the time.
Thanks for understanding that I am not trying to be preachy. We all have to do what is right for ourselves. I just hate the idea of anyone going through what I have if it can be helped