Have just been diagnosed with PMR after about 5 years of aches and stiffness. Was not responding well to 15mg of prednisilone so it was upped to 20 mg but still had symptoms. Rheumatologist ordered a PET scan which was a bit alarming. Have had this, and don,t have vasculitis so I guess that was good news.
Bit alarmed to be started on injectable methotrixate , which I am due to start this week whilst tapering off the steroids. Have to have regular blood tests and take frolic acid too. I am 57, and this is the plan for the next 5 years.
I can not find much evidence for all this being a benefit over steroids but the consultant said we have to get the inflammation under control. I would just like to feel better.