Prednisone can relieve inflamation (sp)...BUT, if you stop taking the prednisone suddenly...or wean to quickley you can have a major problem. . I was given prednisone, low dose, 5 mg., for 2 years...and I eventually weaned myself off of it, very, very, very slowly. The problem is your adrenal glands are "put to sleep" when you are on prednisone...so they cannot produce the natural steroids your body needs to live. In my case my adrenal/pituatuary glands did not fully wake up, I had enough hormones for basic daily function, but when I had my ACDF...my body rebelled...approx. 7 weeks after surgery, I crashed. The Drs., thought I had a heart attack...naw...but all of the symptoms and even the lab tests said so. Long, long story...but it took approx. 15 months until my husbands endrocroc. Dr. to diagnose me....(he just was looking at me, and asked what was going on..)...at first he said I had hypoglycemia, and I was tested for it...5 hr. test...sugar levels fell to 28...(my body was so used to no sugar by that time, I only got tired, should have been passed out on the floor)...then 3 months later, he said there is something else still going on...and did ACTH test...well, my test came out low...so I had adrenal insuffiency. And all because of the prednisone which I had been off of for approx. 3 years at that point. Prednisone can be a lifesaver, and I love the stuff..makes one feel great, usually.. BUT, it can cause problems, which we are not aware of... Now, 1 1/2 yrs. after starting treatment for the insuffiency, I am recovering..(at least my adrenals/pitutary gland are)..it takes, a long time..if they do recover.) I guess my point is, if you are on prednisone for a period of time...don't just stop taking it, and wean off according to your Doctor's plan. Sorry this is so long, just wanted to make sure nobody has to live through what I have, and be unaware of what can happen..even as you live through it...