Started with swollen knees.
Referred to orthopaedic consultant.
He suggested a rheumatologist
Back to GP as now in wide spread pain
Difficult to walk and dress and taking paracetamol and NSAIDs with poor effect. I was also unable to sleep due to pain. Whilst waiting for Rheumatologist bloods showed increased crp, Ferratin and ESR and low hb. Still hasn'd heard from rheumy so paid to see medical consultant privately.
He felt it was poss PMR but ran gambit of tests to include Ultrasound, MRI and blood tests for cancer. All really worrying but fortunately all tests came back clear and I had been started on 30mgs of pred. Which worked within a few days in that I was now able to sleep. I have now been under a rheumatologist for three years with just two flare ups and am glad to say that I am now weaning down to 1mg of prednisalone using the slow, nearly stop method. This site has been a god send for me. I was diagnosed at age 57.