It has been almost 5 years for me since my diagnosis and receipt of Prednisone. I have had some adrenal gland problems and some flares. I am very lucky. I have my optic nerves. That said, I have had major eye issues. But now I see well. I have learned from you. You have my heartfelt thanks. You have saved my optic nerves and only God knows what else. I could not have dealt with GCA and some intermittent PMR without your help. New news: Lo and behold for about the last 2 weeks I have had no pain. None. This is a first in 5 years! I know that I have to continue to be vigilant. I am almost finished with a reduction from 7.25 to 7.0. (I know. Glacial.) It followed a reduction from 7.5 to 7.25, (all on the ?DNS method.) 15 months ago I was at 8.25. I have learned from you how to eat and rest. But it seems that recently I have lost maybe 1.75 inches in my abdominal area. Can it be? Will it continue? I do exercise, eat very few carbs or high glycemic foods, take care of myself and in general--try. But my abdomen is bigger than my general size. (So is my upper back.) Does it reduce disproportionately to the rest of me as I taper the Pred.? My preliminary analysis says yes. Can I hope?