I know this post was a bit ago, but I know I have gottn major pain relief with Phenocane. You can get it on line or at your health food store. I was on prednisone for a flare of joint pain and swelling, as I tappered off a friend of mine gave me some phenocane, I have been taking 2 a day for the last 6 months and I am pretty much pain free. If I miss a couple days though I know it. I have done a lot of research on it and it seems to be pretty much no side effects. My pcp says it is safe and so does my chiropractor . My rehume on the other hand wants me to take methotrexate, I am not ready to take it. I will continue this phenocane until it doesnt work any longer. I hope that you give this a try it is about 20.00 a bottle but worth alot more. I wish I could tell anyone with pain to try it. Everyone I have given it to says it works. Good Luck, and I wish I would have read your post earlier.