Diagnosed in October 2015 here in Spain, purely on history and symptoms. No blood tests taken. Started on 10mg prednisone which I know is lower than a normal starting dose but it was effective after 2 days. I am now on dead slow tapering which I'm managing myself after GP wanted me to cut down to 5mg (didn't work - back on 10mg after 2 days!) Spain don't do 1mg tabs so I am having buy 2.5mg and cut in quarters so my reduction is .625mg at a time. Thank god for a pill cutter! Since Xmas I have had 2 very buts of epistaxis (nose bleed) which have required me to see the emergency doctor at our 'centro salud'. I had one yesterday which just started while watching TV but I have been recovering from a cold and which eventually stopped at the surgery. My question is - does PMR or being on steroids increase the likelihood of bleeding, especially if a particular part of your body is susceptible (e.g.after a cold)? I also have osteoporosis and osteopaenia diagnosed 3 years ago. Taking Calcium and Vit D supplements, Magnesium and Vitamin K2.