I'm no dr, but steroids have helped me immensely on occasion. Yeah, you're not supposed to just stop. Bet they'd help a lot with your inflammation and you could leap tall buildings in a single bound! I was superwoman! Swelled up like a boiled hot dog, but sure felt better. I looked up the xoralto. Looks like it's way better and WAY more expensive that the rat poison Mom and I were on. She was medicare, but I had private $$$ ins.