I was trying to explain to someone what PMR was and part-way into my explanation, they interrupted and asked if I have Cushings or Addisons disease. I've looked them up and see how they're different but also find it somewhat confusing, comparing them to PMR. (brain fog?) The information I read was from a site about adrenal diseases but PMR shows up on arthritis and auto immune sites. Can someone clear things up for me?
I find if I just say PMR is experiencing inflammation/stiffness, people just assume I can stretch, add a warm or cold pack and I'm fine. It doesn't take into account the fatigue (which is much better now) and muscle weakness that actually get in my way. The prednisone takes care of the stiffness so its not really a problem at the moment. I am finding I need to read more about pacing because anything above typical chores leaves me sore the next few days. It's hard as I am working full time in a high energy job and am a single mother of a teenager, which can be stressful at times as well I am also more prone to injury and slower to heal. How do folks explain PMR to others when they need to?