Hello and Welcome To Our Family!
You have come to the right place to be amongst people who care, who understand, and who want to help. Like you, many of us also suffer from numerous overlapping diseases. This is a common phenomenon amongst auto-immune and connective tissue diseases (unfortunately). So, we can certainly empathize with what you must deal with on a daily basis.
I am a bit confused, however. You stated that your are currently taking Prednisone, Levaxathorine, and Wellbutrin. But then you stated that you are not taking anything. Please clarify for me. Are you, at this present time, taking any medications?
You are correct, most doctors will aggressively treat symptoms in order to prevent them from becoming worse or from causing damage. But, there are times when doctors are loathe to prescribe some of the more potent medications due to their side effects. Especially if your symptoms are not serious. So, it happens both ways and it depends upon the symptoms and their severity and upon the particular doctor.
However, Prednisone is one of the cornerstone medications for Lupus, especially when the liver is involved. Often, doctors will put you on a high dosage of Prednisone to stop the damage and then they will KEEP YOU ON A LOW MAINTENANCE DOSE in order to prevent further damage. As much as you may hate the drug, it is a life saving one for this disease. As such, many Lupus patients are willing to deal with the side effects in order to avoid damage to the internal organs which can lead to failure of that organ and, sometimes, death.
Since Methotrexate did not work for you, there are other immunosuppressant drugs that you and your doctor can consider, such as: Imuran, Benlysta, Cytoxan, Rheumatres, and CellCept. Perhaps you can discuss the use of one of these alternatives with your doctor.
I am so very glad that you joined us. Please know that we are here to help you in any way that we can and that we want you to know that you are not alone.
Peace and Blessings
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