... but am suffering badly from pain in hips, arms, neck etc. Can hardly get up in the morning due to stiffness and pain. Gets better in the afternoon after taking two 200mg Ibuprofen. Is it better to take the pain or should I increase Prednisone? Is it bad for you to have an increased ESR (30) and CRP (18) and take the pain? Have also been diagnosed with rotator cuff sprain in my left shoulder which probably increased my ESR and CRP. Thanks, Lena