Just like nearly all of us, I suffer from joint pain and swelling/ arthritis. I have it mostly on the tops of my hands from about the wrist to mid-way up and my wrists and fingers. I am only taking hydroxychloroquine and motrin. I was taking prednisone, but have finally got off of it and have been for a week. When I wake, my hands are very sore and my knees will feel locked, but after about an hour or so, they both feel 'alright' . Could I be headed for a remission, or do I have to be without pain and swelling? Doc wants me on methotrexate, but I do ok right now without it. I work as a nursing assistant, going to school for my RN. I do a lot of heavy lifting. Am I living in a dream world that the MCTD will go into remission and I will live a close to normal life? I just hate the idea of being on medications I don't REALLY need. Any thoughts for me? Thanks!