Re: Dr prescribed Prednison ?
I had numerous knee surgeries, now i need knee replacement.
I have been on Prednison many times for my knees problem and for many other issues.
No, Prednisone is not prescribed only to patients with auto-immune conditions, it can be prescribed when any type of inflammation or infection occur. It helps everyone, not necessarily only for people with a-immune problems. For people with chronic conditions, like your knee for example, and many other chronic conditions, Prednisone doesn't last long. Often, it can be prescribed over and over. Most Doctors very careful about Rx any steroids, they may bring other health issues, but for short term it can be helpful. How long? All depends on your condition and how serious it is.
Even though I have few serious auto-immune conditions, Prednisone has been prescribed to me only when flair is so bad that I can't move. For only temporarily relieve.
Honestly, I never heard of diagnosing auto-immune disease by Rx Prednisone. It diagnosed by many tests, mostly by specific blood work.
Takes pretty long time for some people to be diagnosed, and based on my experience, it takes a lot more than just a swollen and painful knee to have any auto-immune disease. My advise: make sure you confirm your diagnoses with couple doctors in different areas (where they don't know each other).
Best of luck to you