When I tapered, I had joint pain as well. I always assumed it was because of coming off the pred. It would be worse sometimes and not as bad others, but even months later never went away.
Anyway, fast forward to recently, and I was given canasa suppositories for a flare. I am also on Asacol, which I started for the first time at the same time I had started the pred. (canasa is mesalamine also) Well, my joint pain became unbearable. My GI just told me joint pain was typical, but that just didn't feel right to me. After talking with some here, and then experimenting with the canasa (AFTER my flare was under control again, of course), I came to find that the mesalamine is the main culprit for me. I stopped using the canasa and I am back to my normal level of joint pain, which is manageable for me. I know that many UCers do have joint pain because of the UC, but for me it was definitely brought on by the mesalamine.
Good luck-it is horrid to deal with all of these side effects!!
33 years old, stay at home mom of 2 girls, ages 3.5 and 2.5
Diagnosed in 2007
Biweekly injections for Humira clinical trial-going well so far!!
Canasa suppositories-1000mg nightly for recent flare