I have been diagnosed with PMR for a little over 6 months. I had never heard of PMR and was amazed when the GP said that I had this. I thought I had overdone the gardening! She wanted to start me immediately on steroids but I declined these because of the side effects. I take 400 mg Ibuprofen twice daily. I have acupuncture and chinese herbs and will shortly be trying a treatment called Zero Balancing. I follow a vegan diet although I do take fish oil supplements since the PMR. I am 63 and work full time as a PA in a busy law practice. Some days are worse than others - on a bad day the steroids are tempting but I am determine not to take them unless I get symptoms of GCA. There is no doubt it has affected my life - night times are bad for me and I am very restless trying to find a sleeping position that doesn't hurt but I can still run my house and do a full time job so I am lucky.