I have just been diagnosed with PMR after a good number of months of increasing pain and discomfort. Not knowing what is causing the symptoms can be a minefield. Is it tendonitis, frozen shoulders, sitting in the wrong chair or spinal problems. One tries to think of anything to resolve the problem. Initially my doctor said tendonitis as it was only in one arm so sent me to a chiropractor. Tried hot and cold treatment, exercises etc. That did nothing for me. My saving grace came when one of my neighbours, a retired nursing sister who it turned out had had this condition herself, suggested it might be PMR as by this time the pain had moved to the other arm as well.
I saw my doctor the following day and asked if there was any chance that it could be PMR. Unlikely, he said, but he would arrange a blood test and so on January 2 nd I had it confirmed positive. My doctor acted very quickly and I am now on 15 mg of Pred. What a difference it has made to my life already but I realise that it is only the beginning of a new journey in my life. The thought of steroids was one I rather dreaded but I feel much more positive about it since I discovered this website. Many of my fears and doubts have been answered. My doctor would certainly not have had the time to spend on all the questions that I needed to know in these early stages.
I have now subscribed to PMRGCA UK and sent off for Kate Gilbert's book so await some more helpful information from these to help me manage this condition. I will now be looking into how I manage my diet and exercise but I have already learned much from reading the letters and answers in Health unlocked.
A Happy New Year and may 2015 be a healthier one for you all.