Sorry another query ....
Briefly , started on 40mgs preds for PMR/GCA june 15, three or so flares. Got down to 10mgs last month but head pain necessitated me going back up to 15mgs. Now comfortable on 12.
However, this was around the time I was having stress from arranging my return to work, and difficulites arising with this.
I gave my notice in last week so will not be going back to work, therefore I am less stressed.
Saw my Rheumy this morning, who was disappointed on my slow reduction - and therefore has prescribed Methotrexate. He described all the possible side effects but really wants be to reduce preds and therefore feels this will help. I have (like most!) suffered so many effects from preds the thought of starting another strong med is so demoralising.
He wants me to continue with the Arcoxia which has helped my other non PMR feeling, joint pain.
Could I ask opinions and perhaps experience on the medication from the helpful people on this forum. He wants me to be on 11mgs pred by the time I start MX and them stay on 11mgs for 2 months until I get used to the MX then reduce again. I am not seeing him for 4 months now so will see my GP for regular blood tests and the folic acid etc.
I am wodering if I now have less stress whether this will help me reduce preds etc. or I should take the MX.
This PMR and TA was really established before diagnosis, I am not sure whether that has anything to do with what he calls my symptons being stubborn to the preds
Thank you all as always.