Hi. Last summer i had an autoimmune flare, with all the markers of SLE (raised CRP/ESR, sore and swollen joints, aching muscles, rashes, exhaustion, high ANA, high dsDNA), but have since had no markers in my blood except low complements before December. All blood results are now currently normal, which doesn't seem consistent with anything I've read. I have a couple of sore joints, but not convinced that these are to do with this (how do you know if they are related or not?). My main current symptom is odd mottling on my hands when down by my side - they were very tingly and pins and needles but this has much improved over the last few months (this symptom started last Nov). I have an odd mild rash (dry) on my cheeks that is more likely rosacea than immune related? I have been on hydroxychloroquine since end of Jan, and it might be just due to that, but i do feel much better than i did last year (including during the long lead up to the actual flare). So my question is, can you have a one off flare and i can just now get on with my life, stop taking medication and assume my body was just reacting to a very stressful year - or is that just wishful thinking? I don't seem to be able to get any answers from my rheumatologist (possibly due to inconsistency of who i see, although the care has generally been good).
Thanks for any advice that you have!