Pain and loss range of motion in my shoulders, neck and back pain for about 2 years, and finally severe pain in my left hip about a month ago. My primary care doctor started me on 20 mg of prednisone, tapering off after about 10 days. Within the first 24 hours all symptoms were gone. We thought we had found the answer. However, at the end of the 10 day regiment, my symptoms returned in both hips. The second treatment of the same did nothing to relieve the pain. Started adding Advil to my regiment with some relief for 4-5 hours and then needed more Advil. My ESR levels are not elevated, and my doctor did not yet do a C-reactive protein level yet. I will probably see a rheumatologist next. Has anyone else had their symptoms return and not be helped with prednisone? Puzzled with all of this.