I got diagnosed over a year ago with UCTD even though I fit everything for LUPUS except the positive ANA's and have been on Plaquenil ever since. Life has been well. Only a flare or two since until now. About 3 weeks ago I started having shooting pains in various parts of my body, especially my right hand pinkie. No redness, swelling nothing. Just pain and it's bad. Called Rheumatologist who said it is a flare and put me on the 4mg prednisone pack that you take 6 pills on day 1 and 5 on day 2 and wean yourself off. I'm on day 3 and the pain is unbearable. I've taken Motrin 400 mg and it doesn't even take the edge off. Called the rheum. tonight and talked to the on call doc who wants to up my steroids to 40 mg (which I don't want to do) and take 800 mg of Motrin for the pain. My question is I am not a regular steroid user but when I have inflammation it works. Now nothing. Does this mean my UCTD is turning into something worse. Oh and the day before I started the steroids I got the flu shot, but I was in pain about 3 weeks prior when my flare supposedly started.
Thank you all for reading and I hope everyone is well.