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In reading this post I agree with just about everything that was said but would like to add that Prednisone helps the symptoms of RA or related diseases but does not do anything to slow or stop the permanent joint damage that often comes with them. For that you need a DMARD (Disease-Modifying Anti-Rheumatic Drug) like Methotrexate, Arava, Humira, Enbrel, Remicade, or Kineret. Also I think Prednisone often increases blood sugar and can cause medication-induced diabetes. It's great stuff for making us feel good and permitting us to function but it is bad in almost every other way.

I started off with very rapid-onset RA and was given 40 mg Prednisone daily to permit me to get out of bed and hobble to the bathroom. I was also given Arava for about four months with little or no success, my doctor added Methotrexate and I took myself off Arava. About 4 months later I still had little or no success, so my doctor added Remicade at 3 mg/kg and slowly increased it to my present level of 6 mg/kg. After about 6 months on Remicade and Methotrexate I was able to wean from Prednisone and now I am off it except for special needs.

Prednisone alone is not a good treatment for RA but it does allow you to function and makes you feel good. Your doctor should be trying to find some combination of medicines to control your RA and permit you to function and feel good without Prednisone. If your doctor is not doing this, I recommend a second (or third or fourth) opinion. God bless.