Thanks for the extensive info SouthernMoss and WhiteCell, that's great to know and I feel like I have a much better grasp of it now!

Banana, the weird thing for me was that I was taking the prednesone for an unrelated throat condition but it did NOT help at all with my pain. Not even a little bit. Someone had asked if I was taking it in a tapered fashion and I was. 3 pills per day first week, 2 second week, 1 third. I want to say it was 10 mg per pill? So 30 mg per day for a week, then 20, then 10. But at no time during any of that did it help my pain even a little.