Steroids don't very often help with Lupus pain. Steroids treat inflammation, and the idea is that it's the Lupus inflammation causing the pain. This is often NOT the case.
Muscle and joint pain from Lupus is fairly common, I am surprised that the Dr is only treating with steroids. (Or maybe she's getting more treatment you didn't mention?)
Lupus treatment is initially Plaquenil (inhibts disease progression) and Prednisone (steroid), then to replace the steroids with a longer term treatment Drs move to either Cellcept, Imuran, or MTX. There is no predicting which patient will respond to which of these 3, so sometimes it's trial and error. For more severe cases there are other medications.
If drug-induced Lupus is suspected (I'm guessing from Humaira?) the suspected drug is stopped and it generally takes 2-6 months for the Lupus to subside.
Check out the Lupus 101 thread in the Lupus Forum here at HW.
(I was the moderator there under the name Lynnwood for many years.)
Post Edited (GreenBeans) : 9/8/2018 11:33:26 AM (GMT-6)