Wrist and finger pain while tapering prednisone
I know there are similar threads within other discussions, but wanted to start a fresh, focused discussion.
I've been tapering from 20 mg of prednisone since mid August and am down to 13mg as of today. I had a couple of "mini" flares, but jumped back to previous dose for 2-3 days and resumed taper for the next two weeks successfully. At the 20mg I was pain free and with the tapering, had very mild pain (1-2/10) and stiffness in the mornings for the first couple of days that was pretty much gone by the next taper down. However, at my last taper from 15 to 14mg, my wrists and some fingers were at a 3+/10 level and very stiff in the morning. By late afternoon it is down to a 1+/10 level. The wrists almost feel like they are sprained and the lower palms like they are bruised. The annoying part of this is opening containers, manipulating small items, playing golf in the morning on weekends, etc. I chalk up the finger pain to normal arthritis wear and tear.
To keep the tapers going, I'm willing to put up with wrist pain at the current level as long as my other joints remain at the low levels. Everything else is going well so far, inflammation markers are back in normal range, just had a bone density scan that looks good and above normal and most prednisone "issues" are much better.
I do a split dose and have been holding the morning to 10 mg and tapering the evening dose. Maybe I should keep the doses equal?
Has anyone else had this issue and if so, have you found any solution for relief?