Female -71 years plus. I need to learn fast about PMR in order to know how to speak to my GP. How do you speak to a Doctor and explain pain that has so many variances. I was not diagnosed immediately from my symptoms because the blood test did not show I had PMR. It was presumed it was PMR and I was started on 15mg pred: and given a decreasing course down to nil over a period of 3 months. It cleared my symptoms, but by the time I'd reached 2.5mg my pains had returned. GP recommended ultrasound for diagnosis confirmation (still waiting 6 weeks later). By this time my symptoms had doubled. Because of the pain I have been restarted on the pred: at 15mg again, but this time the pain is still there. I think that I am suffering badly but these forums have given me insight into other peoples problems, and how much worse some people seem to be. If I mention how debilitated I feel, I can see the look on peoples faces, like "everybody has aches and pains - get over it". I am worried about my weight - not for looks but the extra weight on my joints, especially in bed when my own weight seems to be pressing down on my arms. How can I loose weight - even the nurse was not hopeful. If you read this, then thank you - I feel better for parting with all this baggage. Since discovering this website I will read and digest as much as possbile. NB> I read the post about ibuprofen - I was also told to avoid.