Hi poor you. I only stayed on steroids for three months, and I manage by taking diclofenac sodium. It's a slow release medication and I take 75mg a day. If I miss a day the symptons start coming back after about 28 hours. This doesn't make me completely pain free, but my rheumy and I are happy that I can cope with some pain and not get myself traumatised by the steroids again. There are of course side effects if I take it long term (already been on it since end Feb) but they're not in the same league as steroid side effects.
I have never written a review on anything really, but I thought it was important in this case. I have been dealing with arthritis for probably 15 years. I was essentially given two choices: the first is take Allopurinol and hope it prevents me from getting sprouts. However, I would have to take a 20 mg pill every day, and this medication has upset my stomach in the past. Option two is to treat an outbreak when it occurs with the medication. I went this route, and took Colchicine, which is the medication to treat this. The problem is that it never seemed to work, and I recently had a terrible gout attack. I got Prednisone and it really worked miracles. I was probably 70% better after one full day, and now almost 100% after three days. I am more than satisfied with this medication!