I hope I'm writing on the correct page. 2013 was diagnosed with PMR and treated with Prednisolone. went into remission in 2019. All was fine. I had Jab 1 of Covid all ok. Had jab 2 of Covid and exactly a week later all my PMR symptoms returned, November 2021. I began prednisone again 7mgs and have been reducing fine currently on 3.5mg. However just prior to Christmas 2021 I began getting the most dreadful swelling and pain in my fingers and wrists that have got worse over time to the point that I can't make a fist. In April I thought I'd pop over to see my GP about it and following blood tests she is almost sure I have now developed Rheumatoid Arthritis. I now cannot even bend my knees as pain and stiffness is now in this area too. I have X rays for my feet and hands and wrists on Tuesday and I'm currently waiting on a Consultant appointment. I've obviously been doing some reading up on the subject and am very concerned about being offered MTX as a treatment plan. I refused this drug when I had PMR the first time and I really don't want to take it now. Are any of you on other drugs that are less vicious and did you have any input into your treatment plans or did you simply have to take what was offered? In the meantime any advise on which pain killers or other options I can take to make my day a bit more bearable. I'm 60 years old.
Thank you so much and sorry for the long post.