Hi Ive just joined up having been diagnosed with PMR within the last month although symptoms started around Christmas. I'm 51 so although young to get it apparently my symptoms were text book! At first I was adamant about not taking the steroid route as I prefer a more holistic approach to health. However, the reality of living with the pain and seeing how much it was already restricting my movement I gave into to taking them and must admit I am very grateful that there is something available that can help me right now. My GP seems very supportive and am on a planned reduction starting at 15, then reducing to 12, 10 and by 1 each month whilst continuing to monitor etc. My immediate question now I would appreciate advice with is the additional medication I have just been prescribed alongside the steroids. Taking those was a big thing in itself but then additional medication which sound like they can cause other problems and I'm not sure if they are really necessary or whether there are alternatives? The medication is Alendronic acid, Lansoprazole, colecalciferol/calcium - this one I think is just vitamins so I'm not so concerned about this one? I really dont want to be taking anything I dont need to but at the same time dont want to create further problems in the future. Any experience or advice would be greatly appreciated. many thanks in advance
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