I was diagnosed in April, 2013, after an acute episode. esr was 90. 40 mgs of pred quickly stopped the pain. I feel like I have a mild case compared to what I read here. Have reduced pred and have been on 2.5 for the last 3 weeks. This whole 3 weeks I have had the pain return, although not acute, but nagging enough that I cannot go about my normal life. Tylenol does not reduce it much, but a couple of glasses of wine have more effect. I surely do not want to become an alcoholic from this self medicating, but long term effects of pred scare me. What do you think?