May 2016 I was diagnosed with PMR/GCA, started on 60 MG prednisone. Got down to 30mg and developed a flare , I guess, pain in arms and hip and head pains. RA put me back on 60mg and Imade it to 20mg. before I felt the same pains. But I don't want to go back up. prednisone was managing my pain, but does the pain hurt my body or just my ability to be more active. I'm 75 and would rather read a book in my bed than do chores. I do swim/gym 3x's a week for exercise, but want to get off the Pred! In Nov. 2016, I developed eye swelling. The eye Dr. first said allergy, then prednisone side effect, then Pred and cataract scarring from my operation 4 yrs. ago. Nothing can be done until I get off prednisone. I look like a raccoon and my eye sight is dimming. The eye Dr. says my sight is the same, but the swelling dims the sight. I'd be happy to " tough it out " if it won't affect my health and get me off prednisone sooner. Should I?