Hey there! When I was first diagnosed I had the same concerns as you did. I was put on it for about 2 weeks and felt great while i was on it. Sometimes the pred is enough to get your flair under control. But sometimes you will have to continue taking it for a long time. If you start hurting again after you are done with the pred, then definatly let your doctor know. But know you do not want to permantly be on prednisone because of the side effects it can cause years from now!!
Also, with what pugpuggpy says, if you have been on pred for a few weeks, you generally do not need to taper. It when you are on it for months that your adrenal glands shut down and then you have to taper! Event then, it depends on how your body responds to it to how quickly you can taper.
Kidney Diseases & Disorders and Lupus Moderater
Cyclosporine, Prednisone, Lisinopril, Mobic, Vitamin D 50,000 units
PRN: Imitrex, hydrocodone, Ambien, Flexeril, Ultram,
If God brings you to it, he will get you through it!!