I think you're absolutely correct. Especially when it comes to RA, for some reason it is very difficult for docs to settle a diagnosis. And when they do...they WOULD rather pump a person full of roids only masking the problem further. If not that...it's running through 1200 medications before being put on a TNF or DMARD.
The prednisone really is good for acute flares.
This also hits another aspect. Like you said Craig, they are there to serve you...really they are! It's a business! I'm finding that doctor's are begining to become more receptive to a patient that comes in already with information on what they want to do and together can be more pro-active.
I truly hope no one here has to go through years of bull**** when newly diagnosed. Took my docs 5 years to get their act together & start the TNFs and DMARDs (actually treating the disease now, not just the symptoms).
Active, Severe RA. Crohns Disease. Chiari Malformation & Right Brain venous anomoly. AS. Emphysema. Rheumatic Lung. MVP and Tricuspid prolapse. Had Lymes disease for 10 years.
Meds: Humira 40mg every 4 days; pred; Pentasa; Imuran; dilaudid; diazepam; Avinza 30mg; MiraLax & too many others.