Was diagnosed with PMR in January. Had been having a lot of lower back pain off and on for ages but as I used to do a lot of fitness classes just put it down to this. Didn't do any classes for around 6 weeks over Dec/Jan and when I realised I was still getting pains in my back thought something not right. Was also getting a lot of pain in arms and shoulders and as I hadn't done a weight class for over a month, knew something wasn't right.
Decided to go to chiropractor rather than gp as didn't want to be fobbed off with painkillers and rest. Chiro told me about PMR and sent me for urgent blood test.......yes I've got it.
GP started me on 15mg Prednisolone along with 20mg Omeprazol and calcium/vitamin D, adding Alendronic Acid a few weeks later. After a few days pain was virtually gone.
I also have arthritis and have a lot of pain in feet so saw surgeon in Feb with a view to getting toe joint fused. Told me I had to get pred dose down to 5mg before he would operate. Gradually started to reduce dose until I was down to 5mg by mid May. Pains in arms back but not as bad as foot. Blood tests were all good with everything back where they should be so everyone was happy for surgery to go ahead. Had op beginning of June and now going stir crazy having to be off my feet!
The only side effects I have had so far from all my drugs is quite a dramatic hair loss. Not worried about it from neck down but the amount that's coming off my head is quite alarming. Is this a common side effect and has anyone gone totally bald? Think pred dose will go back up after toe has fused properly.
Any thoughts please?