Hi, I'm Mark a 49yr old male recently diagnosed with PMR. For quite some months have been nagged by stiffness and pain which started in my left shoulder but subsequently right shoulder with pains radiating down into chest and upper back, also my groin both sides. Although compared to some I think I have a relatively mild form it was getting to the stage where morning's were so stiff and miserable I could barely motivate myself to get to work. So painful to bend and lift knee to put on socks trousers and shoes, also raising arms to put on a shirt or pullover. Getting in and out the car and turning my head to look at junctions became a bit of a nightmare. Fortunately I have a private health plan as after taking a set of blood tests which came back ok with CRP 5.0 the GP didnt feel necessary to refer me and clearly told me I didnt need to see a Rheumatologist and that my symptoms were most likely 'mechanical in nature'
But in the end and since I have the PPP she agreed to write a referral. During the resulting consultation the Consultant indicated although a little atypical I did seem to present with PMR and he would do a litmus test to firm up a diagnosis with 120mg of depomedrone intramuscular (also took a chest xray and a few more blood tests whereby the CRP came back as 5.9)
I'm almost sure the injection worked within hours, but anyway the next morning I was pretty much transformed and felt like a different person. A week later I had a follow-up where we basically agreed to adopt a wait and see approach, being youngish for this and not too severe to see if somehow my body can get on top of this condition with the help of the initial injection and maybe follow-up shots when/if required . So the injection was 10 days ago and I'm left wondering how long might I benefit from the relief its given? In researching I found some information that showed the release profile of intramuscular depomedrone lasted upto around 18-21 days before it is no longer detectable. does that mean after 3 weeks I'll be back to where I was before or does it not work out like that? Any experience on this would be appreciated. Thanks.