Okay, so you are having leg/ankle/wrist and osteoarthritis pain. How does the current pain feel compared to what you had before starting pred? How do you know that these haven't actually been better with the prednisone and you are feeling them now as you are coming off the prednisone? Have you tried going back to 10 mg for a few days to see if these symptoms get better?
When you are hurting, are you allowed to take ibuprofen? (It's the one aspirin-like substance that treats inflammation.) See if that helps the pain any.
What kinds of side-effects are you experiencing? I'm guessing respiratory so that's why they want you off of it?
I would also call the office of the prescribing Dr and see if they can provide any advice.
No need to actually answer these questions, just things to think about
. How you feel better soon.
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