Long story short - about a year ago diagnosed with PMR and a few weeks later GCA - 're' -starting on a larger dose of 60 mg Pred. I have tried to taper slowly according to my body's responses rather than any other criteria (my inflammation markers were never very high) - and my GP has been fine with this. I am now at 15 mg - after having tapered to as low as 12.5 mg with some symptoms returning. Thing is I have been back on 15 mg for a while - and I feel that this is right on the 'cusp' of what I need. I am noting however that while this level seems to control my PMR & GCA symptoms -(excluding as it does the bad fatigue and night sweats - I have experienced lately) - I am now getting back lots of the pre-pred aches and pains of general wear and tear I had in the 'old days'. I am a fairly physical person - we look after a small hobby farm ourselves and work pretty hard on it a couple of days a week as well as in our own large home garden. I am wondering therefore if the return of the sore lower back and touchy knees I am getting on & off is indicative of an overall increase in the inflammation of my body. Does his signify I am 'getting used to' (I have read somewhere our can bodies do this) the level of Pred I am on and that tapering will also become more difficult regarding the PMR/GCA - just curious about what others have experienced and all your 'wise' opinions.