Given that my wife's first rheumy totally botched up the tapering process last year, her new rheumy is being very careful this time. Her first step was to go from 12.5mg pred to 12.0mg starting 2/27. 20 days later she took lab tests. Today, the rheumy showed her the results which showed that SDR went from 17 to 34; her CRP went from 4.4 to 40.2. Yet, my wife has felt no negative change in her symptoms. The rheumy explained that the very bad flu that my wife had had for 5 days on the lab test day, and continues to have, can create a lot of inflammation as shown in the markers.
My wife will remain on 12mg until 4/1 (her birthday, no joke), at which time she will go to 11mg. She will do the lab tests again in 6 weeks and be seen by the rheumy in 7 weeks.