Before I was on the hardcore meds I am now I started off on a taper pack, which worked like a miracle - until the end of the taper five days later! Then I went to daily Prednisone that basically left me with no immune system after a few months, which was probalby worse than just joint pain and swelling. I think steroids are good for very short term relief but if your doctor puts you on Prednisone, ask what the next plan of attack is, and ask when you can come off the Prednisone. Ibuprofin also helped me in taking the edge off the pain in the beginning.
Arthritis (poss. RA) - Doc scripts: Enbrel 50 autoinjector, Methotrexate 5 pills/week, Folic acid.