Noodlemom, I feel for your pain...I really, really do. It's discouraging when you believe it will never end. But lupus is a very fickle disease. It has periods of flare when your symptoms...whatever they may be...kick in. And it will have periods when the symptoms will quiet down. Remission? Well - that's a hard one to define. If you read web sites and talk to doctors, they all have a slightly different opinion on the chances of remission. I think it's safe to say that there are those out there who go into remission for long periods of time, but there doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason for who goes into remission or when. Sorry....I know that's not what you want to hear. I was diagnosed about 18 months ago (been sick a while, just didn't realize what it was) and I've been in some stage of flare almost constantly since then. Some days are good, some not so good. But, I'm hopeful that I'll go into remission. Just hang in there, Noodlemom. Talk to your doctors and your pain level. Ask about other meds that may help (plaquenil, maybe a course of steroid treatment?) Rest, avoid stress and take good care of yourself as best you can. I hope you find relieve soon. We've all been there - and we're here for you when you need someone to lean on.
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