As has been mentioned, having only been on Prednisone for one week is much too soon to get discouraged. You might want to ask your doctor to add Plaquenil to your treatment (especially in light of the skin issues you are having). But, again, remember that Plaquenil is a cumulative drug and must be in the system for a while (3-6 months) before you will see substantial improvement. However, the two drugs together (Prednisone and Plaquenil) usually are very helpful in treating the symptoms that you've described.
Also, do not be surprised if, along with Lupus, you find that you also have one or more over-lapping illnesses. This is very, very common with Lupus. Most of us have other illnesses, such as Raynaud's Syndrome (very very cold extrememties), Sjgoren's Syndrome (very dry eyes, mouth, etc.), Fibromyalgia (widespread pain and fatigue), amongst others.
However, we are here to help you and to assist you in understanding your tests and their results, your treatments, and especially to help you learn as much as you can about Lupus so that you can become your own health advocate and work together with your doctors to find a treatment regimine that works for you.
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