I was just wondering if anyone else had been diagnoised with PMR and then been told it has possibly moved into Rheumatoid Arthritis. It's been four months since I was diagnoised with PMR by my Rheumatologist on November 24, 2014.
To recap: I had all the classic symptoms of PMR the end of September, 2014 with shoulder pain and stiffness, couldn't raise my arms over my head, took two hands to hold a cup of tea, severe pain and stiffness in the backs of my legs to the point I couldn't sit, could barely walk at times or get up from a sitting position, or out of bed, etc. and the only thing that helped was prednisone. I went through tons of labs, blood work, x-rays, worked with my internist, saw a neurologist, and finally the rheumatologist in November 2014 which resulted in the diagnosis. I was put on four infusions of prednisone in December, then started at 20 mg. daily of prednisone and 10 mg of methotrexate.
I'm currently at 12&1/2 mg. of prednisone daily and 20 mg. of methotrexate once a week and doing really well at the moment with the pain and stiffness gone for now and only dealing with the fatigue. At my check up with the Rheumatologist on Monday she told me that she thought due to the lab work, etc. in late February she felt that I was really leaning more to Rheumatoid Arthritis than PMR. I see her again in two months when they will do more blood work. I just wondered if this had happened to anyone else here. Any information about the differences in the two, deciding factors for diagnosis, etc. will be greatly appreciated. I know nothing about RA and was just starting to somewhat understand PMR. I was tested for RA in the early testing last October, but no positive results at that time.
Thanks for your help!!