hi Brittany -
don't be scared of the meds - we probably talk a lot about the side affects and not enough about the main affect, you doctor will know best and imo even predisone has it's place in controlling lupus. Unfortunately, you and your dr will have to weigh the side affects of the drugs vs the affects of not using them. The important thing is to get treatment and get the lupus under control before it does the terrible things it can do.
Hang in there - you & your dr will figure out what ones are right for you and your condition.
much love to all my lupie friends -