Hi everyone well I was hospitalised for 3 days following crippling pain in the centre back radiating to both shoulders and ribs. Shallow breathing was murder! I had gradually reduced to 10mgs pred (again) so this was week 2 at 10mgs. PMR DIAGNOSED 22nd December 2014. GP advised I go back to 12.5mg however the early hours of the next morning I was admitted via A&E. My BP was off the scale and they did the usual e c g and blood tests. They ruled out aneurism and heart attack! They then decided it was neuropathic pain and that I had shingles! They wanted me to have 2 x paracetamol 4 x a day and ibuprofen, 5 anti shingle pills a day with anti blood clotting injections in my abdomen. I tried to explain that Ibuprofen was not a good bed fellow with prednisilone and that the paracetamol did not touch this pain so the nurse was not pleased and wrote that I had refused pain relief! They did a chest and back X-ray the following day. Decided that nothing more was required and to continue with the shingles treatment, tramadol 100mg slow release every 12 hours diazepam 2mgs 3 x a day and amitryptline at bed time! I felt I had been hit over the head with a sand bag and run over by a steam engine! Needless to say the pain is still there but easing thankfully without the above mentioned drugs that I was discharged with still no visible signs of shingles however the very much present PMR pains in my legs feet and arms. Nights are the worst. Not once was PMR mentioned by the medical staff. I arrived home after 3 days with very bruised venflon sites in both arms and a black and blue abdomen! Oh and I was advised to use ice packs on my back , freeze spray or/and proprietary brand of Deep Heat ointment! Meanwhile I am resting a lot and trying to relax. I can only think my system did not take kindly to reducing to 10mgs of pred even though I was taking it slowly.
Thank you all for listening my rant is over!