Sorry to hear you have to come of pred for blood work, right now especially, during the holiday season when it's cold and stressful enough. I'm with Ginny, heat always seems to help me. Moist heat seems to help better at times as well. I know when I am feeling really bad a really nice warm bath with some epsom salts really helps. Then of course it's out of the tub and back to my heating pad which I can't leave without.
Always keeping the joints moving helps keep them from getting to stiff. I catch myself rolling and stretching my wrists and hands while watching tv just to try and get some relief and keep things moving.
I think it's amazing that so many of us get no relief from pain meds, I tell my rhuemy all the time, when things are really the norco he prescribed me is like taking candy, it does no good what so ever.
Well dear, I hope whatever method works for you, cold, heat, moist or not, that it brings you comfort soon. You're in my thoughts and prayers.