New to the website. I have been having pain in my wrist and ankles, then in the next two years I experienced swelling in my legs, hair loss, heavy periods (sorry guys), hot flashes, extreme thirst, and extremely cold then flashes of heat, extremely exhausted (actually thought I may have mono). Doctors originally said the pain was due to the amount of weight I lost. Went to physical therapy but nothing seemed to help. Have been dragging my feet to go to the doctor. Went to the OB they did an exam and said everything is fine. They recommended that I go to my primary doctor to have a wide panel of test done. Hormone level, thyroid, check for diabetes, etc. Those test came back fine. I did find out however two years ago my ANA levels were elevated and they did not notify me or have me retested. My primary recommend that I go to a RA doctor. I had the blood test done last Friday. Don't have the results yet but the dr prescribed me with prednisone. I have been experiencing major headaches, bodyaches, and mood swings. I called the dr. He said to discontinue taking the medication. I did not feel a significant difference on the prednisone. Not enough to justify taking it for the 30 days it was prescribed. He immediately said well if it's not helping then it's obviously not Lupus or RA like I expected. Should I be seeing a different type of dr? Should I continue the medication, it has only been 5 days.... I am at a lose. I hurt my hands hurt I feel swollen and miserable. Any advise would be great!