I have had RA for about 7 years.
I am on methotrexate and hydroxychloroquine.
I had my worst flare up about 3 months ago and was in so much pain. My doctor gave me prednisone (20 mgs dropping to 5 mgs after 4 weeks) and it made a significant difference. When they ran out my GP kindly gave me some more and now I have been on prednisone for about 2 months (now taking either 5mgs or 10 mgs a day depending on how I'm feeling). The difference has been miraculous - pain very limited now and swelling (around knuckles and ankles) virtually gone.
My doctor wants to put me on a Biologic - is there any reason I can't continue the prednisone as it has been so wonderful so far - I have not asked the question of my doctor yet. I read about Biologics and the possible side-effects and it does frighten me.
Has anybody any experience of being on prednisone for long periods and what do you think of Biologics?
What are the downsides about long term prednisone use? As I want to feel the way I do forever!!
Any advice would be welcome.