I am surprised that your doctor is telling you to eat more protein. Normally, we are told to reduce out intake of protein. Perhaps he is hoping that, in this way, you can replace some of the protein that you are leaking into your urine.
A low-protein diet is often prescribed to treat people with lupus, as a large amount of protein may be harmful to us for several reasons:
* It can tax weakened kidneys. (Half of the people with lupus have kidney disorders.)
* It has the ability to rob calcium from the bones. (People with lupus are often at higher risk for osteoporosis because of the drugs they take and their instructions to avoid the sun.)
* It may tax the immune system.
In addition to being on a low in protein diet, we are also advised that our diet should be low in fat and high in green leafy vegetables, such as bok choy, collard greens, and kale. These vegetables may help people with lupus to metabolize estrogen better.
Prednisone is a corticosteroid and its effects are not rapidly seen. Sometimes you will begin to feel better, but will not see maximum effects for weeks or several months. Often, you will have to stay on Prednisone for a while in order for the symptoms to remain under control.
Your swelling was more than likely a symptom of your kidney involvement and is not uncommon. Has the Prednisone and Cellcept helped the swelling?
With most treatments for Lupus, it is a lesson in patience and in being steadfast! I hope that you continue to feel better!
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