I'm having a quiet day resting today after a tiring trip to a hospital an hour away for an MRI yesterday., am have been catching up on posts the last couple of hours.
I was diagnosed with PMR in July, 2014 ans GCA July 2015. The two diagnoses have been so totally different for me, allowing for the fact that they differ in their severity.
What I wanted to comment on after reading so many posts is that I think my PMR had a completely 'abnormal' course from most if not all I've encountered. Before diagnosis I had the typical symptoms, difficulty getting upright after any inactivity so I eventually needed help getting out of the cR, bed or chair, followed by pain that brought me to gears when just lying still in my shoulders and hips. I was diagnosed right away and started on 10 of Prednisone which was a miracle. Two doses and I was back gardening. My rheumy led me to believe this was a little bump in the road and I never thought anymore about it.....didn't research it, didn't join a support group.....I got back to full activity, my markers went down and stayed down and I didn't even know what a flare was as I didn't have any! By a year I had tapered to 6 of Prednisone, doing and feeling well.
From what I've read and learned this is more the exception than the rule. I had absolutely no idea how destructive the diagnosis was for most people.
However all that changed in July 2015 when I was diagnosed with GCA! Have been so ill, constant flares, markers up and down.....
Just wanted to let those with PMR know that I was someone for whom the diagnosis had little impact on my life if any......until now.....