Prednisone is NOT a painkiller, it treats the inflammation and thus heals toe cause of the pain, so just substituting a painkiller is not the answer.
That said, prednisone does physically make us crave carbs, esp. white carbs like bread and pasta. If you can keep yourself away from the carbs, try to get a little exercise (yes, walking to the mailbox counts), that would help.
Also ask your Dr for suggestions of other treatments. You may need to try Imuran, or Cellcept, or MTX so that you can cut back the prednisone dosage.
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