I've had PMR/GCA for 2 1/2 years with a flare last September that was thought to be PMR since the symptoms were stiffness after tapering from 5 to 0. ESR was 28 then. CRP and ESR both fine at 0.6 and 2 after prednisone upped to 20. However a recent MRI indicates new carotid artery occlusion. New bloods were done today and if these are okay, it's my choice whether to up the prednisone to 40 to halt any further occlusions or just monitor the situation. I'm on 7 1/2 now, which isn't enough if there is GCA activity going on. Does anyone have advice?