Bloo, I'm so sorry to hear that you're doing so poorly right now. If you have inflammatory arthritis, and it sounds like you do, I would imagine the steroids will help you. I've not had arthritis as bad as what you have described, but I can tell you that when I took steroids, they did kick in pretty darn fast and I felt much better within 24 hours. After 3 days, I felt 15 years younger. I hope they work as well for you.
Here is a list of my meds. I keep trying to decrease or eliminate some but then I get sick again.
Accolate 20 mg Albuterol 2 mg
Atrovent 2.5 ml Celexa 20 mg 1 a day
Flexeril 10 MG
Florinef 0.1 MG
Lasix 20 mg.
Loracet 10 mg
Micardis 40 mg
Mobix 15 mg
Nexium 40 mg
Potassium CL 10 MEQ
Prednisone 5 mg
Premarin .0625 mg.
Tessalon Perles 100mg
Zocor 40 MG
Calcium W/Vit. D 3 per day (total 1800 mg.)
Vitamin D 800 I.U. per day
Centrum A-Z 1 per day
Stool Softener 2 per day
ALLERGIES: Compazine, sulfur, imitrex
I also have COPD, Addisons Disease, Osterarthritis, Osterporosis, Acid Reflux (GERD).Depression, (why I have depression, I'll never know). And just all over feel like crap.
thinking of you. injections are right on! go for it. especially TNFs and DMARDs and biologics.
like yourself, the arthritis i have is extensive and multi organ and joint involved. the rheummy put me straight onto Enbrel at the 1st consult. it's been 3 years and had to switch twice on TNFs but i have to be on them for the duration.
it's the only thing that will keep me " goin' " so i'll be doing it!
you do have a great disposition and never lose that outlook! i keep it too! and it gets me by mostly everything.
in my prayers always,