IF you are offered a low dose and are in lots of pain, i would recommend taking a low dose of pred of at least a starter kit of it! Short term low dosage use rarely causes unbearable symptoms as with what can happen on high doses of it. Sometimes your body needs an extra boost of cortisal to help it get back on the mend!!! I have also seen it used for a few months until a new medication (such as MTX) has time to work!!
Hope you get some relief soon :)
Kidney Diseases & Disorders and Lupus Moderater
Cyclosporine, Prednisone, Lisinopril, Integra Plus, Vitamin D 50,000 units
PRN: Imitrex, hydrocodone, Ambien, Flexeril, Ultram, Darvocet, Zofran
If God brings you to it, he will get you through it!!