It so happens that I read in some summary papers yesterday (German ones) about dealing with PMR/GCA that the fact the ESR and CRP are in the normal range does NOT mean the disease is inactive - so even the expert rheumatologists think that, it isn't just my logical scientist mind making the concept up! If that is the case - and since you still have some pain this is the case for you you need something. Mind you - this same German expert also said that it was possible to get patients off pred in 6 months but such patients were then likely to have at least one and usually 2 relapses needing to start from scratch on the dose and, in the end, took more pred than patients who remained on a much lower dose for a longer time. Apparently it didn't occur to him that maybe he'd pushed the reduction stakes a bit hard and slower might well be better! This document was published in about 2006 so isn't totally up-to-date but is from the days of publications that most rheumatologists seem to be working on. There has been a lot published in the last 3 years.
--- Stress is often mentioned by CSS patients around the time of their diagnosis, and in a way this seems related to the adrenal glands as well. A patient in another support group reported reading in "The Stress of Life" by Dr. H. Seyle:.... "the adrenal glands are the processors of stress in our bodies. A person's stress resistance will vary with the competence of his adrenals. Continually stressing them, finally depletes them. When we become exhausted by life, on a mental or physical level, our adrenal glands often fail to keep up, and illness ensues".