Hi Folks, My rheumatologist is leaning towards my condition as PMR. Originally, she thought it was RA but I do not have the swelling in the joints. Also, I just had a temporal artery biopsy that came back negative. My pain at this point runs from annoying to uncomfortable. It has never been to a point that I found it unmanageable. Also, right now my pain is in my arms and shoulders. I asked her if I could control it with over the counter meds and she said if that works then it's ok. Has anyone here been able to carry on with just OTCs? I would really prefer not to be on prednisone if possible. I was on 20mg of prednisone for about 3 weeks and my ESR and CRP rates did lower to normal but there didn't seem to be a reduction in the pain. Could PMR get worse (have had this 7 months now)? I have also been dealing with osteoarthritis in hip and knees. I had hip replacement on April 30 which was very successful and now waiting for knee replacement and will probably have to have other knee replaced at some point. It is because of the upcoming surgery I was taken off of prednisone.