I was diagnosed with pmr 10 months ago with a very high ESR and swift response to steroids. Now down to 6mg of deflazacort a day I feel it is more under control although I still have pain and stiffness in my thighs pelvic area hips and shoulders. Some days are better than others. Yet, even before the steroids when I could hardly move, I kept doing tai chi and chi kung, albeit in a limited way. Not only am I able to perform these gentle exercises without pain but they actually re - energise me when I'm not feeling good, eg after reducing the dose, and reduce the pain. I'm not sure exactly how it works but the exercises do aim to increase flexibility in the muscles and joints and perhaps through the emphasis on breathing do improve blood circulation. Maybe just the psychological boost of being active does it. I'm afraid though I still can't run across the road or perform many of the tasks around farm!
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