I have severe arthritis in my shoulder and hand- I was recently in a minor car accident- I am OK except for chest pains caused by the air bags inflating in my car- I have been taking prednisone- 20mg per day for my arthritis, and it has really worked wonders for me- I have heard of the many bad side effects of long term use of high- dose prednisone, and I am worried - is it safe to stay on a maintenance dose of prednisone for a little more time, maybe a month or, at least, until my chest pain subsides?