Over the last week, I have reduced from 5mg of pred to 4.5 - ie 4 and 5 on alternate days. I find that things have become more painful - for example, my Achilles tendons are stiff although I have done nothing unusual by way of exercise. Right thumb and some fingers are also unexpectedly sore. I am aware that on first diagnosis when a relatively high dosage is started, other aches and pains disappear - my arthritic shoulder was miraculously painless for which I was most grateful. However, the stiff tendons are new to me as are the sore fingers. So do I soldier on with the reduced steroids or do I go back up to 5mg per day and try again later?