I am female and in my late 50s and had never heard of PMR until last year. The stiffness and pains in my upper thigh/ hip area and upper arms/shoulders came on quickly in March 2014 while we were on a holiday. I could barely turn over in bed, get in and out of the car, or raise my arms to wash my hair or apply deodorant, couldn’t reach round my back to fasten my bra (something I have been able to do since my teenage years!) The severe fatigue was a huge limitation for me as well. Doc prescribed pain relief and anti-inflammatory medication as my ESR levels were normal and my CRP was slightly raised but it just got worse. The only time I had any relief was when I was given a corticosteroid injection for a frozen shoulder but the pains came back within 2 weeks. In March 2015 I eventually had a consultation with a rheumatologist who was certain that I had PMR. After only 8 hours I felt an improvement with 15mg Prednisolone and 3 days on I felt an amazing difference. I don’t think I was ever tested for Vitamin D deficiency. I am so glad to have found this group.