Have been reading posts over the last few weeks which I have found very helpful. I would say that I had restriction and stiffness in my neck and shoulders for a couple of years and last year started to have pain in my upper arms. It was only after a long walk, feeling very fluey and finding it difficult to turn over in bed or do up my bra that I went to the doctor in November. From my blood tests these were very inconclusive, ESR reading only 18 and no rise in CRP.My doctor though decided to go with symptoms and has started me on 15 mg of prednisolene. Before taking the steroids I was feeling quite ill, apart from stiffness and pain. I felt very fluey and had lost my appetite and was losing weight. Also I have always suffered from bad headaches but they seemed to be getting worse.
I have now been on this dose of steroids for about 5 weeks. I do feel quite tired, if I do alot( my daughter is getting married soon so we have been wedding dress shopping today) and then my arms feel like lead weights. My headaches are still quite bad but just on the top of my head like a weight being pressed down. I've mentioned this to my GP but she doesn't seem concerned re this. It isn't in the temples, or jaw so I am presuming that it's not serious.
Is it normal to feel so tired and have arms that feel weighed down? I know when I go back to my GP next week she wants me to reduce quite quickly but I'm going ( hopefully with her cooperation) to do it slowly after what I've read. Sorry that this is so long but I suppose because this is all so new to me( never heard of PMR until this point) that it is really good to get feedback.
Thanks a lot