I am a 68 year old lay and was diagnosed with PMR and GCA 4 weeks ago and started on 60mg a day Prednisolone, Omeprazole, Alendronic Acid, Vit D and aspirin. Have just reduced to 30mg Pred. a day. I feel much better. My care under the NHS has been excellent from on-the-ball GP who ordered blood tests then booked urgent Eye Unit appointment at local hospital followed by appointment with Consultant Rheumatologist - all within 5 days. The medication certainly takes its toll on the body but without it I dread to think what might have happened. Missing my leisure activities (including 2 walking groups) which have had to go on hold for a while but hopeful for the future. Rheumatologist says it might take 2 years to burn itself out. Have found the blogs on this community very helpful. Thank you.