Visited the Dr for PMR and thyroid blood results,and a chat, as I haven't seen her since Jan. The last contact was a phone consultation in May.
Explained I am reducing 0.5 mg at a time using the very slow method, and also that each time I drop I seem to have a few days feeling wobbly and unwell. Now on 2.5 mg per day. She thought I should persist in dropping slowly and to take paracetamol if necessary. Gave me very strong advice not to take ibuprofen with Steroids. Apparently Paracetamol is far less likely to cause any problems, even at the max dose per day.
Dr also said, in her experience, most people can reduce Steroids without problems and I must be very sensitive to the withdrawal. She also said she thought people started to tune in to analysing every ache and pain when unwell and tended to blame them on the original diagnosed problem. (Probably true in my case!)
My Inflammation markers were up a little since last time but not significantly; thyroid status changed too but not enough to warrant upping my dose just yet. Next blood tests 3 mths for PMR and thyroid. She was pleased to hear I'd been doing Pilates, yoga, walking and allotment again - all helping muscles. Came to a joint decision that I should stay at my present dose for a week or two then try reducing again when I feel ready.