I'm just coming off a hospital stay and a new diagnosis of Lupus and have many questions and concerns. I've been on prednisone for about 10 days now and I've seen an improvement of many symptoms (fever gone, skin improved, rash gone, swelling gone) but I'm still battling unrelenting fatigue and incredibly sore muscles. I'm more concerned with preventing another flare once this one is stopped and I wonder ......does my body continue to fight itself when I'm not in a flare or is it just during a flare that it attacks itself? Will I always need more rest than normal even after we get this flare under control? Is my "normal" life gone for good?