I have chronic osteoarthritis through my whole body including my spine, plus other bone abnormalities. I have had chronic pain since I was 12 (18 yrs ago). Doctors have never taken my pain seriously until recently when I was properly diagnosed. I am now on Endep, Lyrica and Gabapentin which together helps with all my nerve pain. But even strong pain killers didn't help with my joint and back inflammation. I had heard about people having success with Prednisone but I had never really considered it for myself because I'm still young and had heard of all the horrible side effects. My pain had been causing me to become deeply depressed. Doctors were treating me like a drug addict whenever I went to ask for a prescription. I was getting to the point of being completely crippled and being a carer to my disabled son, crippled was not an option. While looking for a prescription one day I found a bottle of prednisone that was prescribed to my partner for her chest infection. In desperation I started taking the 20mg tablets daily. I was about to give up by the 5th day when all of a sudden my pain started reducing! By the 7th day I was almost pain free! I was getting stuck into the housework and playing on the floor with my son! I was ecstatic! I've now been taking them for about 2 weeks. The only side effect so far has been some calf pain in the morning. That's nothing compared to the pain that they are taking away. I know that my face will probably swell and I have read all the other long term use side effects. But I am totally willing to take the risks. I haven't felt this good in years! Now I have a few questions... do I ask my doctor for a prescription? He may say no. I can't tell him that I have already been taking them. I'm terrified about asking. I would have to say that my pain is really bad and I'm a terrible liar. Also what if he gives me a lower dose? Will my pain get worse? What dose should I be on? What will happen if he won't give it to me? Are there withdrawal side effects? Is there anything I can do to help or avoid my morning calf pain? How can I convince my doctor that I am serious about getting on the prednisone? Any other helpful advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.