Ive been reading about problems reducing below 5 mg pred. I had pmr and refused pred but had a steroid jab in france which lasted three months at a time. Years later it morphed into rhumatoid arthritis altho i still think i have pmr as well. Again i was scared of all these dmard drugs for arthritis and used combination of ibuprofen/paracetamol and 6 monthly steroid shots. Two years ago my shoulders and wrists were so bad i couldnt drive so i went to fam doc for a shot back here in uk but he had run out so he gave me high dose pred pills reducing and im stuck on 5 mg ever since. I never go to rhumatologist only for original diagnoses for 15 years from diagnoses but the fam doc must have referred me and i was given an app 6 months on these pred tabs. Its very difficult in uk i get no help other than these dmards which i refuse. Ive now been on pred 5 mg for two years and i cant reduce if i go to 4.5 i cant move!! Im worse on pred with a flair than pre pred days and thers no help. I increase to 15 mg then back to 5mg in days then to 4.5 then flair the problem is ivsometimes flair on 5 mg Does anyone know if u can have a shot of steroids and drop low dose pred rather than try and taper as its so difficult. With all the terrifying side effects of pred i would like to get back to the pre pred days . Thank you.