I am newly, ie. 5 months ago diagnosed. I live in England, and retired as a doctor 4 years ago, but my speciality was nothing to do with rheumatology about which I know little. Mine seemed to come on very suddenly over a few days after Xmas, but now I wonder whether I had been getting intermittent symptoms for two years. My GP made an immediate diagnosis pending ESR result and when that was raised started me on 15pred. She gave me a hand out which was helpful and stressed working in collaboration. I responded well and got dose down to 10 but relapsed within a week.
I had just discovered this site which I find really helpful. British NHS is great but not easy to get a quick appointment unless seriously ill. Also I don't think they have time to go into all the issues this site does. Thanks everyone