How long were you on pred for?
I agree that going off the pred would make your pain worse, but surely the nurse could have told you how to taper, if at all.
I would think that maybe they should have kept you on the pred till the MTX kicked in, which can take as long as 3 months or more.
I hope the MTX kicks in for you soon and you wont need the morphine anymore.
Im sorry the oral MTX didnt work the first time, maybe the shots need time to work - not sure how all that works - these meds are complicated
You must be in excrutiating pain to be taking morphine, Im sorry you are suffering so.
Has your Rheumy suggested Remicade or Humira? Or have you been down that road already?
((hugs)) to you Abol