Hi NanMac, Has your Doc discussed other treatment options? I'm on pred now, but I've also started Humira. It hasn't gotten me into remission yet, but I've had great improvements in my joint pain.
Are you a condidate for Remicade, Humira or EnbreL? Many people find these meds sufficient to control their arthritis and have been able to taper off pred once they get settled onto the anti-TNFs.
I'd get back to the Rheumy now that you're off the pred and if his only idea to get you relief is more pred, I'd seek another opinion. Your friend might just be right. Your Doc is there to help you find the best treatment option and long term steroids is not really revommended. There are other meds to try and I hope you find what works best for you soon.
Keah a.k.a. Wormy
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