After several years of slowly slowly slowly reducing Pred, almost always with worsening of pain, stiffness and tiredness that lasted several months, my rheumatologist suggested a NSAID (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory) to help me with those symptoms and encourage me to keep reducing the Pred. It (Meloxicam) did really help and but I realise I've been taking it for a couple of years now, while not reducing the Pred much at all (now on 4mg). I'm also on Omeprazole which offers 'gastric protection' because steroids and NSAIDS both can cause gastric bleeding. When I last discussed with Rheumatologist she said it wasn't ideal, but if it helped me remain more active then it was good for my overall health now and in future. So to keep taking NSAID and if feel ready reduce the Pred (rather than the other way round). Just wondered if anyone had similar experience?