Hi! This is my first post, although I have been following this excellent forum for some months. Briefly, I was finally diagnosed with PMR, at the end of November 2015, but had been having symptoms, since the previous March. Started on 15mg of Pred, successfully reducing to 8, by June/July. Since then, have managed to get down (almost!) to 7.5, using DSNS, with only minor niggles - not expecting to be totally pain-free - but have struggled since. I know around this point is the sticking point for many, so was prepared to persevere, taking a couple of paracetamol, as and when.
However, last Sunday, I wrenched my lower back, whilst getting something heavy out of the cupboard. That pain has more or less resolved, but my shoulders and upper back, which is where the PMR affects me most, seem to be sliding back into their old, painful ways. I'm not sure whether this is a blip, triggered by the injury or whether that injury has started a flare. Not sure whether to go back up to 8 or possibly 9mg, for a while or to try and ride it out. I'd be grateful for any advice. Thanks.