Hi --Newbie here--I too cannot seem to leave the prednisone behind (nurse here, know what it does to the body). I am stuck at 10 mg od, less makes life intolerable, have not been specifically diagnosed yet, 8 months ago woke up with shoulders and arms unuseable after a weekend music festival where I played a lot of resonator guitar, a heavy instrument I have played for years. Sed rate was high, and prednisone gave me mobility within 8 hrs. Also has given me 40 extras pounds in 8 months, have a specialist appt in 6 weeks, meanwhile, pain has eased up except at night, and I can no longer lift my musical instruments, which is a heartbreak. At night, it is the right hand which lets me sleep only an hour at a time, then I wake screaming with shooting pains from knuckles to elbow and all points between. Once I am up and put a tensor on, the pain subsides, but when I return to bed, I get another hour of sleep at most. I am learning to dread the nights. Finally at 5 am I sleep the sleep of the truly exhausted, then the alarm rings for work at 7 am. And it is always the hand that wakes me. If I dare to think I can play a tune, I will feel it in the shoulders for the next two days. I have a standard transmission car, and that is a challenge to drive for an hour each way to work. There are times when the right hand won't grasp the shift at all, so I have to cross the left hand over to shift. I know, not safe, but you do what you have to at the time.
My question: Any one else who supposedly has RA being bothered by the dominant hand pain, or do I also have carpal tunnel syndrome into the mix? I am only 8 months into this condition, with no warning, no other health issues, and now it takes an hour to get showered and into clothing, never mind make up and hair! I so understand what some patients go through when they wind up having to get help with ADLs. So discouraging!