I don't know of anyone who has been on doses of Prednisone that high for very long. Did they tell you that coming off of Prednisone needs to be done *very slowly*? It took me almost 2 years to get from 20 mg to 0 mg.
I don't think we actually become addicted to prednisone, but if it is helping your lupus stay quiet coming off of it will certainly trigger the lupus which might produce pain. I was told if symptoms came back to go backwards on the taper (ie increase a little instead of dropping), wait for the symptoms to disappear, wait a couple more weeks, then try going down by a mg or 2 again.
Hang in there!
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