Sorry pgro...yes, I have done my rounds with Prednisone (I like to refer to myself as a PredHead...much like a Meth or Crack head...only Prednisone is my drug of choice! Haha) My rheumy limited my rounds of Prednisone because he did not want me to become completely dependant on it. I take Tramadol for my breakthrough pain, but I am extremely hard-headed, and work a physically demanding job (Cosmetologist). I wanted medicine that would slow the progression of the disease, and not just mask my symptoms.
As far as an update on the Xeljanz...I am 20 days in and am a TRUE believer! This is my miracle med!
I take 5mg, twice daily; along with Plaquenil and Aleve twice a day. I have only taken a couple Tramadol (mainly at bedtime) since I've started the X. I am feeling so fantastic that there have been several days I forget to take my meds until around noon...where as a month ago, I was reaching for them as soon as I could pull my aching, stiff body out of bed.
I realize that RA is such a person-specific disease, and no two treatment plans are going to work the same on every person...I can vouch for my regimen this far!