Been to see GP this morning as PMR follow up and with a cough following cold. (the cough is actually better since I made the appointment 5 days ago). She listened to my chest - clear - and she prescribed antibiotics!! She asked how my PMR symptoms were and I explained I couldn't stick to what she told me to do i.e reduce from 10 mg down to 5mg as symptoms reappeared after 2 days. I explained I am tapering very slowly, currently on 8.125 and symptom free (I have to buy 2.5 mg tabs and quarter them as Spain doesn't do 1mg). She didn't argue with me! I also had to get her to examine my foot which I hurt tripping up the stairs last night and which I can hardly walk on. Go to a physiotherapist she says, you've damaged some ligaments. Take Ibuprofen for pain - no I won't. And then, take 5mg prednisone to help with the pain. Good job I'm a retired nurse and can take what she says with a pinch of salt and some knowledge. A case of physician heal thyself!! Needless to say, I'm not taking the antibiotics nor extra prednisone and stick to paracetomol for my foot pain. Hopefully the physio can sort out the foot pain - have to see them privately as not available on the health system here.
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