For me October and November are typically the worst months of the year.
My pain control is not helped by the fact that I get nothing stronger than Tylenol No. 3s
Canada seems to be much more restrictive than the US on pain medication.
Also, I have some prednisone at home. Do you know the dose you take for a flare?
Yes, I agree, Oct-Nov are high on my list also.
I don't think Tylenol #3 will help much but may make you constipated.
Many years ago, the US gov't decided that it was everyone's right to be essentially pain free. Satisfaction surveys for health care providers were weighted heavily toward pain control. In order to get a good score, providers would freely give out pain medications. After all, it was taught, a person can't get addicted to pain medications if they were given for pain control. As a nurse, it seemed liked everyone rated ANY pain as a "10" and you were taught not to question anyone's perception of pain. Therefore pain pills were handed out like candy. This has created a huge market for pain medications and a huge problem as well.
Prednisone --- don't go there but anything greater than 5 mg is probably too much if taken longer than a few weeks but your system will probably recover. This medication is very risky.