I was on Prednisone for a while also, however, it was for Grave's Disease (Hyperthyroidism)... I was on extremely high doses of it for 6 months and I am a lucky recipient of the weight gain, moon face, buffalo hump and now it seems kidney problems... I haven't been on it since, and I hope I do not have to go back on it...
Anyways - you said that you have scalp lesions, as well as lesions on your arms and fingers... To me, it sounds like you have Psoriasis.. and if you do, then you probably have Psoriatic Arthritis... For your scalp, I recommend getting a tar shampoo. I have found that Pentrax Coal Tar Shampoo works wonders. It doesn't smell too good, but for the psoriasis, it knocks it out... Also, if you can get temovate cream, that may help with the lesions elsewhere on your body or along your hairline... I have psoriasis on my hairline and I put the temovate cream on it, then within a couple of days, it's gone... You may have to go through your doctor to get it since it is a steriodal ointment.
With PA, for a rheumy to diagnose it, you basically have to have all the signs of regular arthritis, i.e. inflammed joints, pain, swelling, limited mobility but show up negative on all tests. All my bloodwork was normal and have had MRIs as well as bonescans... So basically since it doesn't show up as anything else, by process of elimination, you have PA... A big indicator is if you have psoriasis. I went to a podiatrist for the pain in my toes and feet and he was clueless as to what my problems were until he realized I has psoriasis.. He then sent me to a rheumy and within 5 minutes the rheumy confirmed my suspicions...
PA normally shows up in fingers, toes, wrists, ankles and your spine... Also, whatever digits have the arthritis in the will have a "sausage like" appearance... This is called dactylitis... My toes used to be so fat and swollen I had to go up 2 sizes in shoes!
I got this off of the arthritis website:
Psoriatic arthritis is a condition that causes swelling and pain in and around the joints. It can affect a number of joints including the fingers, wrists, toes, knees, ankles, elbows and shoulder joints, the spine and joints in the lower back (called sacroiliac joints). Psoriatic arthritis also affects tissues surrounding the joints including tendons and ligaments. It may cause a swelling of the whole digit called “sausage” finger or toe. There is also skin inflammation, particularly on the elbows, knees and scalp. Psoriatic arthritis is linked to psoriasis, a disorder causing areas of the skin to become inflamed and be covered with silvery or grey scales.
I was on steriod injections for a while, but they didn't work for me. I have also been on Mobic, Feldene and Voltaren and those didn't work either... So now I am on Enbrel and I am doing so much better.
I don't know if I have helped you at all, if you have any more questions, please let me know and I'll try and answer them the best you can. You are going to a rheumy in December right? Let us know what they say! I am curious as to what the diagnosis may be. It is possible that you can have RA as well as PA... I wish you the best of luck, and like I said, if you need more info, I am always here.. best wishes to you - Duck
Diagnosed January 2005 - Psoriatic Arthritis/Spondylitis
-Currently taking 50mg shot weekly of Enbrel
Diagnosed May 1998 - Graves Disease
-Complete Thyroidectomy September 1998 - While 11 weeks pregnant
Other Complications - GERD/Scoliosis/Hiatal Hernia/Graves Disease of the Eyes
Current Meds - Enbrel/Prevacid/Synthroid
Past Meds - Inderal/PTU/Prednisone/Voltaren/Feldene/Mobic/Cortisone and Steroid Shots