Others will respond here....it seems like that is a very fast tapering which would account for the pain returning so quickly. Especially since it seemed like it helped initially. I know we want to be on that for as little as possible if at all. Be sure you are taking calcium.
My husband's prednisone off and on for the past year gave him osteopenia which is a result from the prednisone and he has been taking calcium too. Prior to all of this he played 6 days a week - a combination of 2 days of golf and 4 days of pickelball (a downsized version of tennis) very strong and very active. So be sure to take the calcium.
60 yr old male~Colitis 1st diagnosed Jan '05-cleared up within a few wks. Flared again in May '06 ... left sided UC now, fully involved and trying to get in remission. Acute inflammation-pancolitis-tenesmus rectal pain-granulation is showing some healing started. Osteopena of spine from prednisone DX 8/07 July 07 good days & bad days 75mg Imuran 40 mg prednisone (tapering 8/07) 12 Asacol, Lidocaine Hydrochloride Jelly 2%,multi vitamin, iron 3X day, DanActive, chewable calcium, Prilosec 20mg, enalapril 10mg, glipizide 5 mg, zocor 20 mg, baby aspirin, (Fentanyl pain patch 50mg 72 hrs Morphine Sulf 15 mg twice daily)Colocourt enemas at night. Fosamax and mthly B12 shots folic acid 1mg