I haven't posted on here for ages but am confused as to the cause of fairly severe lower back pain. Had X-ray and bone density scan. X-ray showed normal degeneration (I am 67 yrs old and was always pretty fit. Trekking in Himalayas etc etc). Scan showed mild osteoporosis in spine and slight curvature. But according to the gp, this isn't enough to cause the tenderness and pain in my lower back and she says it is not PMR causing the pain. Have now to go on usual bone meds, do weight bearing exercise, whatever that means, eat healthily etc etc. I do eat healthily and am pretty active. Gardening, walking the dog, etc.
However, I have real problems with walking up even the slightest incline(I live on the top of a hill!!!). Walking on the level can be tough some days, particularly thighs, hip area and back generally). But my gp has suggested that I carry on reducing my steroids. I have been on them for 4yrs. Up and down at times due to flares. But I'm on 6mgs now and not sure if the pains are from steroid dependency or PMR. How do you know if PMR has gone except by reducing meds? Recent blood tests all ok. Gp said if I have a flare with PMR she will have a " re-think".
So. Do I keep reducing the steroids. 6mgs is the lowest I have reached. Always seems to flare when I go below that dose, even by half mg. How do I know if it's a flare up or just adrenal glands slow to wake up? Or perhaps I should be increasing my exercise. Strengthening my muscles and stop moaning that it hurts 😀😀
And the back pain? Osteopath? Gin?
Any suggestions are very welcome.