When you get to see the Rheumatologist he may put you on Plaquenil and leave you on the Prednisone and eventually start tapering you down and eventually off once the Plaquenil gets to working in your system. You see Plaquenil takes 3 to 5 months to get fully built up in your system and you start to feel the benefits of it. Plaquenil is one of the top of the line medications for Lupus. It is a better drug then Prednisone is. The Rheumatologist will probably put you on NSAIDs also for the inflammation. Please post and let us know what the Rheumatologist says to you tomorrow and what medications he decides to put you on.
Lupus for many years. Like most of my life. Sjogrens that started at 35 and Scoliosis, Spinal Stenosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Osteo-Arthritis of the spine, Ankylosing Spondilitis, Periferal Neuropathy, mild CP and now just recently diagnosed with PA. I had a disc replaced in December of 2007.
Plaquenil, Sulindac, Imuran, Celiac diet, Tramadol and B12 shot once a month.