My brother, who's a physician, told me there's a sort of euphoria effect from the early, heavier doses of prednisone. He had asked me how I was feeling soon after I started the prednisone and I replied, "I feel like I could leap tall buildings in a single bound!", a la Superman. Now that I've been on it since early March and am tapered down to 9 mg., I feel more like myself than a superhero. I felt a bit of a let-down until the Plaquenil kicked in after starting it 2-1/2 months earlier.
I hope your rheumatologist takes your reports into consideration. Good luck!