I took pred because I was in a Crohn's flare up, not for joint pain. It helps to calm the inflammation in the guts, and put me back in remission. Pred is an anti-inflammatory, so it's supposed to reduce swelling. Which in turn can reduce joint pain. Are you on any other kind of treatment for your joints? Have they told you what specific problem with your joints that your having (like RA for example?). I think I'd ask my doctor about
what else can be done, since your still having pain, and the pred isn't doing the trick.
I wish you luck with the NSAIDS. I won't touch them, the last thing I want is another hemmorage. For me it didn't happen over night with taking NSAIDS either. Over the years I was taking aspirin, here and there. Then one day bam, serious bleed. So all of my docs agree that it's off limits.