Yesterday I told my rheumatologist about the severe swelling. Took three days to go down. He did tests and gave me prednisone. I hate prednisone because of the damage it does. There HAS to be another solution to swelling! Yesterday was also the last day I saw my rheumatolgist. I'd been his patient for 17 yrs. No word of good luck, sad to see you go, etc. Made me feel bad.