I was diagnosed almost a year ago and told, like many others, that I would be off steroids in under a year! Also in common with many others, I had the almost inevitable flare-up - in my case when I was about to drop to 3 mg. The duty doctor put me back to 15 mg for 3-5 days, then ten for 2 weeks and after that the recommended 1 mg per month.
Due to my strange habit of calculating everything I can, as soon as I discovered what a "half-life" was for steroids, I began calculating how much is in the body when one takes one's morning dose and reached the conclusion that it levels off at twice what one takes in the morning (assuming a single daily dose). This means that when I take 7 mg in the morning I still have 7 mg in my body - a total of 14 mg. This was when I started looking for a different tapering method and found the Dead Slow and Nearly Stop method (DSNS). I shall say more about the results when I have more experience. At present I am slowly going from 7 to 6 mg, but not really expecting problems till I get lower. Here's hoping.
I would like to add that I also practice Taoist Tai Chi, which keeps the body flexible and all circulation systems going. Particularly the stretching of the spine will hopefully prove a great help (this last is something new I am trying).
Keep positive! That's what I aim to do, whatever happens...