Erin, I'm sorry to hear about your insomnia. I have been there oh-too-many times. I took Elivil years ago, now they just tell me to take 25 mg of benedryl....sometimes it helps, sometimes it does not. 50 makes me too groggy the next day and that's not a good thing w/the kids.
Prednasone can really make me jittery and up - but that is so strange you took it Wed. and are still having problems.
notice my screen name. I have taken prednisone off and on for the past 4 years for asthma.
I know about the insomnia. I have walked the streets of town at 2 in the morning and been stopped by the state police. I have cleaned. I have read. I have went swimming. I went onto the computer. ect. ect.
what has somewhat worked for me, and I use the word somewhat because I have to take my prednisone sometimes immediately!!!
Take prednison when you first get up. Don't wait till late morning or lunch. Preferably I try it at around 6 in the morning. Next, NO caffenine.
NO salt (prednisone retains water, increase appetite, raises blood pressure, hence, can't sleep).
Drink LOTS of water to flush out your system and help with appettite.and try to get some excersise, like taking a walk with the spouse or yourself for about 1-2 hours. this will work off that excess energy.
My wife has seen what I go thru on this Drug.
She knows that when I am not in the house at 3 in the morning when on prednisone, she doesn't even have to ask.
Lastly, you mentioned pain. The worst pain I ever had in my legs was from the side effects of prednisone. Like generic charley horses. Hurt like hell for several hours. Took a nap and it went away.
I hope this helps.