I hate to hear that you are in so much pain. Like Hippi, I was wondering what dose of prednisone you're on. When I increase my prednisone I usually get relief from my pain within a day. I have found a balance where I take 7.5 mg a day and still have pain but I'd rather deal with some pain and not increase my prednisone. It's a trial and error process. My doc told me the same thing that Rosie described. I take tramadol and when my pain increases I have to take it round the clock for it to be truly effective. Even then I have pain but it's manageable.
I hope you and your rheumy are able to discuss this to your satisfaction. Good luck with your new pain meds and I hope they help you get some sleep!
Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sjogren's, osteoarthritis, fibro, ibs, renauds, restless leg, hiatal hernia, double vision, migraines.
cellcept, neurontin, prednisone, plaquenil, synthroid, triamterene, tramadol, actonel, tri-est, imitrex, cymbalta, multivitamin, calcium w vit D, fish oil, aspirin