I had a flare up in mid January. I was reducing the dose of pred too quickly. That was under my Rheumy advice. I was at 3.5 then. I was in a terrible state so without being able to contact GP or Rheumy I increased my pred. to 9. It took two weeks for my fatigue to disappear and most of the soreness in my back, ribs and shoulders to ease. Depression had set in too but quickly disappeared. I did see my Rheumy two weeks ago and he said he was happy for me to choose how I dose myself. Good that he trusts me to be sensible? I have not been pain free since increasing to 9 mg. I'm wondering if I increase again to ? so that I can have relief in my shoulders. Could I increase to 10 for a day? Or 12 for a day? If this doesn't work can I safely drop down to my current dose of 8 mg having increased for just one day? The shoulder stiffness extends then to my neck and gives me pain in my neck and head. I'm aware of GCA symptoms and I don't have those. My Rheumy has given me Carte Blanche, so any advice from you wise people would be incredibly helpful.