I have been on Pred. for 6 months , having started on 15mgs. I got down to 9.5 at the beginning of May but then had a flare and have slowly been increasing my dosage to try to manage the symptoms since then. I got up to 15mgs on 31st May. Every time I have increased, I have felt better within 3 days, but then the effects seem to subside. Yesterday, having had quite a busy weekend, I felt terrible again and am getting lots of aches and pains too. I am very reluctant to take more Pred. , especially as I have just begun to take Methotrexate to help me reduce the Pred. So I was wondering how long I might expect this flare to continue so I can work out if I can cope with these pains and fatigue for now? This flare has shown up in my blood tests, but the last one, 10 days ago showed a slight reduction in inflammation. I will have another blood test in a week.