I was diagnosed with PMR 4 weeks ago, supported by elevated inflammation levels in blood tests. I think I first had symptoms as long as four months ago. It started with flu type symptoms one night, then the following morning pain around the whole hip and thigh area and had difficulty walking. A few weeks later developed pain in neck arms and shoulders. Really severe pain down forearms. Then I went to the doctor who put me on 15 mg of pred. The problem is that I am still having real problems on waking and in the mornings, I struggle to walk, the pains in my neck and arms are still bad, but better than before I started the steroids. It takes till about 11am to 1pm for me to feel relief, then I can get on with my day normally. I am like a different woman I the afternoons and evenings. I read that the steroids completely take away these painful symptoms in other people. Can anyone give me any advice here. This is really getting me down. I am 65 and was really well and active before this hit me.