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What are the odds of misdiagnosis and something else being wrong? Is it just wishful thinking on my part?

I still feel like I don't really have a diagnosis. Swollen / stiff hands / wrists / ankles / feet. Pain in joints where my legs meet my body, pain in knees sometimes that wakes me up from a dead sleep.

6 days on meth pak and these symptoms went away. 1 day without it and the symptoms worse than ever !!

To the RA who looks at my blood work (all is fine), looks at my x-rays (looks very good) and tells me she THINKS I have anti-inflammatory arthritis. Here take 6 weeks of prednisone and take plaquenil. We'll see you back in 6 weeks.

Huh? So, do I or don't I? Is it this or something else? I've been on 3 weeks of prednisone 15mg per day and am now dropping down to 1 1/2 pill (7.5mg) per day. However, I'm worried. I fell asleep Sunday night and forgot to take my evening dose (1 pill 5 mg) of pred and forgot to take my night dose (200mg) of Plaquenil. Woke up Monday and also left my meds at home, so didn't take them again. My 3:00 my fingers were swollen to the point you couldn't see any wrinkles in my knuckles. I took 15 mg of pred and the plaquenil as soon as I got home from work (6:00 pm) but by 8:00 pm I couldn't move my fingers and my joints in my legs were already sore. This morning my fingers are still swollen / stiff, however, getting better.

Forgetting to take a nightly dose of 5mg pred and a morning dose of 10 mg pred made the symptoms come back THAT FAST? Or could it be the 2 doses of plaquenil I forgot? ........What's going to happen now that I'm dropping down to 1 1/2 pills of pred per day? What's going to happen when I go completely off the pred considering even while taking the full 15 my fingers still swell at times?

Do I even have this or is it something else? I'm very frustrated !!!





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