Just a quick FYI..Lupus is not like a viral disease or like a cold or the flu. Generally, complete rest alone will not cause the illness to dissipate, nor will it lessen a flare up. Normally, we have to increase the dosage of some of our meds AND take a complete rest period in order to get over a flare up or to lessen our symptoms.
If I find that if I've had too much ultra violet in any form..it knocks me off of my feet for weeks at a time. As I am considered to have mild Lupus, my medical regime is very small for this disease (I do have three other diseases that I take lots of meds for). At any rate, when I am in a flare-up of Lupus, I am given higher doses of some and occassionally put back on Prednisone in tapering doses and told to shut down entirely until the meds are able to do their job. Continuing to take you medication is very, very important - especially during a flare up.
Please take care of yourself and I hope that you are feeling much better very soon.
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