Hi, I had a sudden onset of pain and stiffness in my legs and arms a month ago combined with night sweats. I have spent the past two weeks in hospital having tests with the outcome that my rheumatologist believes I have PMR. He has put me on 20mg of Pred to which I believe it m responding to. Before I was ill I was a fit guy but I have seen a lot of muscle wastage in my arms and legs over the past few weeks which worries me (although I realise being in bed for a few weeks and the steroids has a big affect). A typical day for me is to wake up with night sweats early morning and have pain in my arms / legs at around 7am. I take my Pred around 8am and then gradually feel better throughout the day until the evening when I feel the steroids are wearing off. There's no pain but a lot more stiffness. I had been mixing stiffness up with pain previously as I thought taking the steroids would eradicate the stiffness too and stop me shuffling about. Should the stiffness ease off eventually as I need to try and build up the muscle mass in my arms and legs? As I'm 45 yrs old I seem to be on the young end of the scale to get PMR. I work in London (but live outside) and keen to get back to work but the muscle stiffness is holding me back. I would really appreciate hearing other people's experiences. Would a slight increase in steroid dosage get rid of the stiffness or is it a case that the stiffness should slowly reduce after a few weeks / months? Also, the nightly sweats I've had daily for the past month have not eased, can I expect these to go anytime soon.
Thanks for your comments!