I went to my 3 monthly check up at hospital today for my PMR. My Rheumy specialist was on holiday so another doctor was standing in (not that I met her). A junior doctor took my history.....I explained that I want to stay on 10mg for another few months and referred her to the results of the Bristol treatment which results in lower incidents of flare ups. I had tried unsuccessfully to reduce by 0.5mg. She reported back to the stand in doctor who's instruction is that it's no point reducing by 0.5mg as it will make no difference. She wants me to reduce by 1mg each month and to take pain killers to deal with any "discomfort"! It took me all my control to not have a go at the junior doctor bless her. I refused to even try to follow those instructions as per my research and advice from this forum. If I had been ignorant then I'd have walked out with no advice on how to reduce and what pain killers I could safely take with steroids. I am still fuming. How can progress be made when there are such poorly trained doctors in the Rheumy departments. Rant over. Thanks for listening xx
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