Diagnosed in Dec. 2015. 20 mg of prednisone worked instantly but after 6 days it was lowered to 10 mg and symptoms came back in full force. Since then, my neck shoulders and wrists are ok but pain around pelvis and into thighs has increased to the point I cannot walk. I am now on 30 mg of pred and taking oxycodone for pain, but pains does not lessen. I live alone and my imagination runs away at night when I cannot sleep. Am I doing myself untold harm, will the pain ever go away, is this really PMR If not what could it be that is causing so much pain. I had very high ESR and CRP, plus I had a cortisol am test and this is what cllinched the diagnosis. I just turned 72, I dont know whether to push myself, or rest. The oxycodone is making me a little drowsy, but I am not sleeping. I feel like I am living in a nightmare and cannot wake up. Does anyone else have this pattern of non-ending pain. I really need a little light to shine at the end of my tunnel.