Hi, I have been a "secret viewer" of this amazing website with all it's valuable help and advice, since I was diagnosed with PMR in 2014/15. I have learnt so much and thank all contributors for their help with their first-hand knowledge. When PMR first hit me I couldn't even turn over in bed, or get out of bed without help, could only shuffle along, in so much pain, etc. until my GP (the fourth one I'd seen) diagnosed PMR and put me on 15 mg Prednisolone. A miracle!! Within hours the pain was all but gone. That is the good news. Since then I have had about three attempts at very slowly reducing the dose and a few months ago at 8 mg I was deliriously happy feeling incredibly fit and well. Next tried slowly moving down to 7 mg but pains returned and my bubble burst! Back up to 10 mg for a while, then 9 mg. Currently trying 9 and 8 mg alternate days but now am getting stiff and painful fingers and upper arms each morning. My question is, do I just accept this as maybe arthritic pain that has been hidden by the steroids, or should I increase the dose again to get back to being pain-free as I was before? Any suggestions much appreciated, thank you.