Following multiple tests to establish the cause of my constant headaches,(involving Rheumatologist; Opthalmology and ENT) the following has been established:- apart from sinusitis, the other cause of the problem was variant eyesight as affected by long-term use of multiple medications. The optician stated that I have pin-prick cataracts from long-term steroid use but that medications for hypertension AND diabetes have also both contributed. Variation in sight is currently on roughly a six-month cycle meaning that my sight has returned to what it was 18 months ago! A new meaning to "On your bike"??
I also saw Rheumy again yesterday for a review--interesting, to say the least! I had reduced from 4/5 mg alternate days to 4 mg daily but was beset with aching shoulders and hips, extreme myofascial pain in small of back and the classic "shooting pains" in both arms and legs ,emanating from the bursa endings. I intentionally remained on that dose until yesterday when, on examination , I was told I most certainly had a PMR relapse and was to return to 5 mg for a week before returning to 4/5 mg and not to drop again until I was instructed by him!
Why is this so significant? I hear you ask--it is the FIRST time in 3.5 years that he has said I have PMR. and just before a PIP review next Monday 31st October. Thinks--"I wonder if the examiner is coming via a birch wood and will wear a pointed hat?"