I wrote a post on here and had one reply, so obviously I'm not doing something right. I'm so upset right now I thought I would give it one more shot for advice of any kind.
I was referred to a dr for nerve testing by my GP and after he completed this and looked over all my additional blood work said he felt I had PMR. He said I matched all the criteria. He put me on 10mg of steroid twice a day for 5 days, then once a day for 5 days until I had my follow up with my GP. I had been on a steroid once before, a month ago after seeing a fill in dr for arm/shoulder/neck pain and this time I had the very same results, two pills in, all pain/stiffness gone.
I saw my GP today as a follow up. He totally disagrees with this diagnosis, does not want me taking a steroid due to side effects and ordered even more blood work. He feels I need to see a rheumatologist and called to refer. First available appt. is September 13th!!! I am to stop the steroid and I know for sure what is going to happen as cutting back from 10mg x2 to x1 a day has brought back the pain/stiffness this morning already. I have had one week of feeling human again since starting the steroid and I'm so frustrated right now.
I live a very rural area, no sick days from work and starting over with another GP is really not an option at this point. I don't know any practice taking new patients. I'm at a loss. Can anyone advise at all?