I realize that tapering down on prednisone very slowly is the preferred known treatment for PMR. I too have been on a taper down program for about 2-1/2 years and currently on 2 mg. The PMR has gone away, or so it seems. So far so good. However I recently started having sudden unexplained severe ankle pain for no reason. And hip pain too though that is lesser an issue. I am now on a wild goose chase of testing because X-rays and bloodwork show nothing. In addition recent bone density test shows worsening osteopenia. Has anyone studied the benefit of pure high quality THC-free CBD oil as an alternative to being on low doses of prednisone?? My extensive on-line research shows many people have made the switch once they have tapered down and gotten relief and no side effects. Of course you cannot be on prednisone and CBD together at same time. But is anyone out there having success with switching to CBD??? Why aren't we talking about this?? I can't believe that being on toxic prednisone forever is the only way. And how about acupuncture??? I live in a small non-progressive town and inquiries met with silence.