What you are describing sounds more like Lupus than RA, but I'm *not* a doctor, just another person on the autoimmunue disorder journey. At your next appointment discuss what diagnosis your doctor has made and what other medications can be used to control the symptoms you have. Here is a slide show on this site that may help you decide if Lupus fits your symptoms http://www.webmd.com/lupus/ss/slideshow-lupus-overview
I was able to get on clinical trials for biologics and get treatment that was covered by the trial. There are always trials going on for these medicines, if your rheumatologist isn't participating, many clinics that are associated with hospitals do participate.
I am very prone to infections so I am currently not taking biologics. To tie me over I use ice packs on my flares & it actually helps some.
I was on the trial for what became Xeljanz - worked very well for me, however I developed perforations in my intestine from it & ended up in the hospital. If you have lower ab pain this, don't ignore it.
I have also been on Enbrel, Humira, & Remicade. They all worked quite well. I developed reactions to Enbrel & Humira which was unfortunate because those worked well too. I didn't do as well on Remicade, but I had a pretty serious infection by then so that may have affected it.
I encourage you to keep looking for clinical trials.
Apologies for not responding sooner, I am trying to be a more active participant on this board. What a horrible experience, my heart goes out to you. First, you are not being "a pain" you are a person with a serious medical condition and the sooner you can see a rheumatologist the better. Note: I am not a medical professional, just an educated patient. The prednisone can cause diarrhea & leg cramps & can contribute to mood swings (I loathe the stuff). Ask your doctor if you can be tapered down. The tramadol is a pain reliever, I've taken it with no side effects except getting sleepy.
I was diagnosed with RA about 5-6 years ago and have been fortunate to have a really good rheumatologist. I am on Plaquenil, Methotrexate, Meloxicam, and just started Remicade. However, the road the last year has gotten pretty bumpy. In the last year I had adverse reactions to Zeljan, Humira & Enbrel - hence now on Remicade. All the immunosuppressants have given me lots of respiratory infections.
Even though I'm normally pretty emotionally resilient, I'm starting to get depressed. I quit working both for family reasons and because of the RA and I'm struggling with that right now. I feel really disconnected. My working friends can't relate to my life, and frankly I can't keep up with the other stay-at-home mom's because I'm too tired.