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I am posting this on behalf of my friend who was diagnosed with RA over 10 years ago due to circumstances beyond her control she was without insurance for a few years. Not being able to go to the doctor and get proper treatment. Her regular doctor was able to only prescribe her predisone without a visit, plus it was the only one she could afford at times once she got insurance. After a while she unfortunately developed diabetes.
As I said she finally has insurance and was able to get on additional medications but hadn't been able to get in to a Rheumatologist till just now. Lupus was always a possibility but it had seemed the symptoms have increased.
The new rheumatologist has now told her to go off the prednisone completely because he wants the symptoms to not be affected fo he can give her a proper diagnosis but also because it can be dangerous for her health.
She is now worried about her mobilty and quality of life without it. The doctor did not offer any alternatives either.
I was wondering if any one had any advice something that would help. I know I've seen like the over the counter things for inflamation but many of them have capsaicin in them, but she is allergic.
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