After two years of symptoms, I was diagnosed with RA in December. I am currently taking Prednisone-5mg, Plaquenil-200mg, ZORprin-1600mg-2Xday, Tramadol-50mg-3Xday, and Fosamax plus D.
Before I started with the prednisone, I was having my worst symptoms in my hands/wrists, feet/ankles, and shoulders. At first all my symptoms decreased with the prednisone, except my left shoulder. That was strange, but now after being on the pred for a little more than a month, my symptoms are increasing. I don't have the swelling that I did, but I certainly have the stiffness and pain in the same areas as before. I was hoping the plaquenil would have kicked in by now, but I guess it hasn't.
I don't understand how 5mg of prednisone could have made such a big difference, but I was so happy. Why would my symptoms return like they have?