Hi meshell, sorry to hear you're not doing so well right now. If you're still feeling bad today, you might want to call your rheumatologist. There are more potent and immediately acting medications that may help you. Plaquenil takes a long time (up to 6 months) to actually kick in. Relafen may not be strong enough for you.
I hope you're feeling better soon.
I think you're absolutely correct. Especially when it comes to RA, for some reason it is very difficult for docs to settle a diagnosis. And when they do...they WOULD rather pump a person full of roids only masking the problem further. If not that...it's running through 1200 medications before being put on a TNF or DMARD.
The prednisone really is good for acute flares.
This also hits another aspect. Like you said Craig, they are there to serve you...really they are! It's a business! I'm finding that doctor's are begining to become more receptive to a patient that comes in already with information on what they want to do and together can be more pro-active.
I truly hope no one here has to go through years of bull**** when newly diagnosed. Took my docs 5 years to get their act together & start the TNFs and DMARDs (actually treating the disease now, not just the symptoms).