I saw my Rheumy yesterday for the last time as he discharged me back to my GP . I am down to 1 mg pred from 20mg over a 2 year period . The last couple of reductions have crusified me , I have been using the anti-inflammatory pain killer Arcoxia 60mg on the really bad days and it does work well . I asked the Rheumy if I get off pred but still have pain do I carry on with Arcoxia . He said that's the million dollar question , is it better to stay on a low level dose of pred say 1or 2 mg potentially for life that could cause osteoporosis , or take an N-said that could potential cause a stroke or heartattack with long usage. He said 5% of PMR sufferers never get off pred and need a tick over dose to stay pain free and lead an active life . Anyone else been in this situation, feel like I've come so far then been told there is no finish line , depressed me a little to say the least .