SG I think it's a bit extreme to say you'd rather DIE than take more Cipro. I mean... I'm pretty sure you would rather be alive with tendon problems than dead, right?
Anyway, thought it might ease your mind a little to hear that I too had very severe joint pain only when tapering pred. Between 10 mg and 0 mg I developed knee pain that was so severe that I couldn't walk. I'm very lucky and happy to say it went away on its own about
a week after my last dose of prednisone. This was after taking Cipro as well and no problems since.
dx'ed UC pancolitis 5/12
past meds: asacol hd, VSL#3, apriso, rowasa, xifaxan, 6mp, cortifoam, pentasa, cimzia, canasa, butyrate, flagyl, cipro, prednisone, remicade, methotrexate, cholestyramine, cortenema
current meds: none!
step one: colectomy, end ileo 1/16/13
step two: j-pouch construction, loop ileo 5/1/13
step three: takedown sometime