Welcome to the forum. I do believe that we all understand how you are feeling because we have all been there at one time or another. I'm curious, though, why your prednisone was discontinued. Although it can be a nightmare if you have to take it long term, it is very helpful in controlling inflammation and joint pain.
Your doctor might prescribe another drug, however. For example, I've tried methotrexate, ultram, cellcept, and am not on arava. Each drug affects every one of us differently, but a good rheumy should be able to help you find out what works for you. Since I've been taking arava my symptoms have all but disappeared.
Good luck. Let us know what your doctor says. And by the way, good for you for calling to make another appointment. I get frustrated when I hear of people who are not proactive in their care.
SLE, fibro, renauds, restless leg, hiatal hernia, double vision, migraines, costocondritis.
prednisone, plaquenil, leflunomide, neurontin, synthroid, triamterene, actonel, niaspan, tri-est, cymbalta, tricor, acifex