Do you have fibro? I have heard that prednisone usuage can make fibro flares worse. Being on 50 mg of pred daily, you should not be in very much pain as far as joints are concerned. Imuran can take up to 3 months to start working as well as plaquenil! If you are still hurting so bad on 50 mg you need to call your doctor and see what else can be done! When I was on 60 mg orally, I actually fell down the stairs and sprained my ankle and got hit in the eye with a can of green beans and it didnt hurt at all(well maybe a little but not as much as it should of)! So it seems unusual to me that you are hurting so bad at 50mg!
Give the other medicine some more time. Since you are pretty new to plaqunil and Imuran I am guessing blood tests are coming up soon? Does that mean an apt also?
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