This is my first time on this forum.
I've just joined this community having been part of the PMR/GCA community for the last thirty months. When I was diagnosed with PMR and GCA I was put straight on high dosage prednisolene (steroids) to control it. They were an unwanted necessity because without them the GCA could have resulted in permanent blindness, stroke and/or heart attack. In fact, I'd already had a heart attack, in 2007, and a subsequent quadruple bypass so i was already taking enough pills to make me rattle!
The steroids have lots of unpleasant side-effects, one of them is that they can induce diabetes. Sure enough, last November my GP told me I had Diabetes Type 2. More shuffling around with my diet and more medication!
Despite the medication, I was/am still suffering from pain, almost everywhere and two months ago my rheumy told me I had fibromyalgia!
So this is where I am and pretty resigned to a seemingly ever-increasing list of pills to collect from the pharmacy each month. I've been referred for physio and someone suggested that hydrotherapy might help because i can do little exercise as I am literally exhausted most of the time and I don't have brilliant mobility (my arthritic knees don't help!).
To be honest, if I was a building rather than a human I would have been condemned long ago! I shall read this site with interest, perhaps someone has a miracle remedy!