Happy to report that I have been steroid free for three weeks now, many thanks to all who have provided invaluable advice and encouragement. I have having the anticipated difficulties of adjusting to being without prednisolone but I know that they will pass. The problem now, however, is that I have an underactive thyroid. I wonder if this is part of the adjustment process or if it is a separate problem. My GP is not going to do anything for now, he is going to wait for three months and check the position again before deciding if any action is required. Has anyone else experienced this problem? Any advice would be appreciated.