Thanks for your reply. I am currently on 20MG of prednisone for two weeks then I am to drop to 15 for two weeks then 10 for two weeks and then hopefully I can get back down to 5mg ( where I was before this last flare up). The prednisone taper is pretty fast but that is because the doctor feels I can't stay up so high. She is hoping the Orencia kicks in and will offset the prednisone dosage. At one point a few months ago I did get down to 3 MG but I can honestly say that was probably too low. I think I may have set the flare up off with that low dosage. I just have a very hard time taking all this medicine. I feel I can out will it and be stronger than the disease but frankly I think I am losing that battle.