I'm in the process of being diagnosed, in that I had many odd symptoms happening in the past 2 years that culminated with pericarditis, which lead to immunology tests etc. Initial impression of rheumatologist is that it is lupus but am doing more tests to confirm. He put me on 15mg prednisolone for 2 weeks, tapering down to 5mg over another 4 weeks. I'm in the second week of 15mg. Pericarditis is now resolved apparently but some days I am so breathless I can't do much at all. Is this a 'normal' lupus thing? I had chest rays done when pericarditis found and they are fine. I'm seeing the rheumatologist Friday but I wonder whether I need to go to hospital meanwhile? It can't be right to not be able to breathe after minor effort, surely.