I have been on prednisone for polymyalgia since Jan. Your starting dosage is remarkably LOW!! Only recently was I reduced to that level. I am tested every three weeks to determine that my sed rate remains in the normal range, which it is. I would contact the arthritis assoc. for their pamphlet on this disease. You do need to understand it - also, will you be receiving blood tests every few weeks? Are you seeing a specialist? Of all the people I have met with this condition, NO ONE started that low. But, if you are relieved of symptoms . . . ?? As to acupuncture for relief, I contacted several alternative methods of treatment and was urged NOT to depart from conventional treatment, which is prednisone! If you read the material from the arth. assoc., you will understand why. I do believe that anything you do in conjunction with prednisone (probably higher levels) is a wonderful idea!!