Since I was diagnosed 3 yr ago I have always had pain and tenderness down the outer thigh. Recently the left knee has become very painful doing stairs or trying to squat (with great difficulty). The outer left knee feels like a burning sensation when I touch the skin, it is driving me mad. I've always assumed the pain down the outer thigh is part of my pmr but it has never been this bad before. Hips are also very tender around the trochanter area. Reduced from 8.5mgs to 8mgs yesterday, but the knee pain has been there for a few weeks. Does anyone else get pain in the outer thighs, and if so what helps?