I have had a nasty bout of flu since just before Christmas. I haven't had a cold or flu for years so it must be because the pred has lowered my immunity. I have been on 15 mg pred for 6 weeks and was intending to reduce the dose by yesterday. However, the violent coughing fits I have had plus sneezing made my PMR pain come right back. My shoulders felt battered and bruised as if I hadn't even taken prednisolone. I was prescribed antibiotics straight away so the cough is now much better and I feel generally better in myself today. I think the worst is over. Also, the 15 mg I took today has now relieved the pain so I am wondering if it would be OK to reduce tomorrow to 13.5 mg or if I should wait a while longer. If anyone else has had experience of flare from flu I would be really interested to know how long they waited before reducing. Thank you.