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Pain in hands and thumbs

I have been diagnosed with PMR since 2015 and have been reducing my prednisone with the dead slow method.  I have been successful and am now down to 1.5mg after starting at 15.  I have noticed that every morning I wake up with my hands hurting and also where my thumbs meet my wrists.  I was hoping my PMR was almost gone but I am wondering if it is lingering or is this just arthritis.  I hate to increase my prednisone.  Anyone have this issue?  Thank you!

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