I just titrated down from 60 mgs per day, and it took months. I took 60mgs for 2 weeks, then 50mgs for 2 weeks, and so on until done. I've taken the same dosage for 5 days, stopped, and had no problems. Longer courses of prednisone require that you titrate to avoid dangerous side effects such as an unhealthy drop in blood pressure. Your body will never feel better then when you take prednisone, and will never feel worse then when you stop taking it. All the inflammation in the joints returns with a vengeance, which is probably what you are experiencing. It does not have the same withdrawal effects as opioids, accept for increased pain, and all that comes with that. 60mgs of prednisone seems like a very high dose for a short course for nothing more than relieving inflammation. It doesn't cure joint pain, it only relieves it while you take it. It is most often used for issues involving the lungs, and for people suffering with Crohn's, Colitis, etc. When I've taken it for 5 day courses it was for pneumonia, Asthma, etc. Prednisone is really a wolf in sheep's clothing, and nothing to play around with. My doctors speculate that all the steroids I've taken throughout my life might be one reason that my spine is falling apart. Just as with anabolic steroids, Prednisone, in high enough doses and duration, can degrade joint tissue. It sure makes you feel good when you take it, but it isn't worth it in the long run.