I saw my GP today for the results of last week's blood test which showed only a small reduction in CRP and a slight increase in ESR. I've been reducing from 10mg of pred and this week have been going down from 7 to 6.5. Or that was the plan. Now he wants me to go back up to 10 and have another blood test next month and based on that will decide (after three and a half years!) whether or not to send me to a rheumy to find out if there is any other underlying cause of the inflammation (what???). Does anyone know what the qualities of rheumies in or around Stockport and/or Macclesfield are like? Some of the consultants mentioned by posters here are enough to put one off the whole breed!
I must add that although I do have some aches and pains, I'm not in acute pain and don't need painkillers more powerful than paracetamol. I was inclined to accept a bit of achiness as part of getting older - after all, I am now 74!