Hi, all. I am at the very beginning of all this. My regular physician finally did the ANA test that I had requested, as I've been what seems like non-stop sick for a year. It will be over a year before I can get in to see a Rheumatologist. So, I'm having to depend on my doctor's limited knowledge until then. I suffer from chronic kidney stones and uti's, as well as Sinusitus/Cold type illness. My question is this: I know that Prednisone helps me, it always has the times I was prescribed it to give me a "jump start" on feeling better. But, how long can I take it for. My doctor only does a 7 day stint. Then, I'm good for a week and then back at square one. I cannot take NSAID's.