I saw a rheumatologist yesterday , my appointment had been brought forward as I have been having increased pain while on Benepali and steroids. It seems each time I reduce to 15mg pred pain starts coming back. I got down to 13mg and was in so much pain and could barely move that I rang the Biologic nurse and she said to put my steroids up to 20mg. This helped a bit then I had an appointment a week later. The Dr I saw yesterday said that my hip was totally shot, his words and I need a new hip. I knew that bit. Then he said he thought I don't have RA and it is all OA. The worst bit is that he told me to stop Benepali and lower my steroids to 10mg. I told him I would be unable to move on that dose. He just said that I can't stay on them and then said to take what I need to function. I feel so let down and abandoned. I never had positive blood results and no real swelling of my joints, only swelling of fluid. My knees are huge around the joint but no fluid in it, but I did have steroid injections in December so that might be why. What I get besides pain in my shoulders, knuckles and hip is aching in my arms, hands and knees plus icy cold feelings in my knees. The aching is like bad toothache. Now my next appointment will be 6 months away and I know I have a lot of painful days ahead of me.