Absolutely. Don't psych yourself out. Predn. can be a wonderful tool if you need it. I have been on and off predn for about three years now. The only side effects I have had so far are a rounding of my face, an increased appetite and difficulty sleeping. The best part of taking predn. for me was that I feel so much better while I am on it. My doctor told me if you are on a dosage of 20mg or over the side effects will happen sooner, however you also have to weigh the benefits of taking it versus not taking it. It has helped me so much that I am willing to risk the side effects.
While I am on predn. I stay away from complex carbs (due to the increase appetite and weight gain) I take calcium supplements and I keep an eye out for all the bad stuff. I had to take 80mgs for about 6 months and then was able to taper off. Usually I would start at 40mgs for 4 days and then taper every 4 days by 5 mgs. It worked for me. I then wait until my pain gets so bad that I cant' function or even socialize with my family. They are usually the ones to say, MOM take your predn.
Anyway, get as much info on it as you can, education is always valuble and then if your doc's recommend you try it, go for it. You have to take care of yourself, the side effects from predn. may be better than the outcome if you dont' take it.
Good luck and keep us posted. JEan