I was diagnosed with PMR in December 2015 and started on 20mg Prednisone. I reduced by 10% after one month, which unfortunately resulted in a relapse to my original symptoms.
I then resumed on 20mg for two months before reducing again by 1mg per month. This was on the whole successful with some short-lived breakthrough pain at each reduction.
After seeing a 'moon faced' photo of myself whilst on holiday in August, I reduced from 14mg to 10mg within the space of four weeks. This mistake resulted in a flare-up causing constant pain.
I have just increased again to 12 mg at that advice of my GP. I am now wondering how long it might take before the pain is reduced to a more acceptable level.
I have noticed an immediate increase in energy which is wonderful and don't feel as ill.
I have been asked by my Rheumatologist to consider Methatrexate as a steroid sparing agent as according to her, my reduction has overall been too slow. I was told that at 59, I am relatively young to have PMR.