I.ve just come back from visiting my GP regarding the steroid induced diabetes, which is now under control thankfully. As I have reduced pred slowly from 40mg to 7mg I am experiencing pains in muscles and joints which I knew was bound to happen. I had GCA diagnosed two years ago but was never told that my persistant neck and back pains were PMR and was more worried about my bones as I have osteoarthritis badly in my fingers and wrists. MY GP said that the high doses of steroids reduce the pain of osteoarthritis as well as PMR and now the pain has come back. This is why sometimes pain killers relieve the pain but not always. He told me to exercise slowly but carefully and take the painkillers when necessary. I shall continue to reduce by 1/2mg a month and see what happens. It would seem that a certain amount of pain is to be expected as one ages and the answer is keep taking pills.