I can relate. I seem to be having a flare. The Pred. seemed to help for the first 3 weeks but now many of my joints are very painful. I am afraid to call the Rheumy because he will probably want me to up the pred. and I do have some annoying side effects. I have an appointment on the 3rd and don't know if I can wait that long. I know he would give me some pain killers but they usually just make me throw up. I need to work and I can't function on them. I have been doing my stretching and walking, this seem to help some. I just don't know what to do. I feel frustated that I don't really know what is wrong with me other than Osteoartritis and some kind of inflammatory artritis. Thanks for letting me vent. I know I haven't helped you out with your concerns. It does help to know others are feeling the same.