Wow! What an unbelievable month of pain. I have PMR/GCA. I am in Actemra monthly infusions for the GCA, and have slowly reduced the prednisone to 4mg. However, I have developed sciatica this past month. My symptoms are severe pain in the coccyx area, lower back , right hip, and right gluteal muscles. The ER doctor had me take Prednisone 40 mg for 5 days to decrease the nerve inflammation from the sciatica. Unfortunately, then Prednisone is not helping. I'm also in PT, and on pain med.
Last week, I experienced severe diarrhea for several days with low abdominal pain. I had lab work, stool cultures, and abdominal X-ray. All normal. This week, I have severe interestingly spasms, belching, weakness, and exhaustion! After more lab tests and a CAT scan, the doctor thinks I have a virus. I have been on a clear liquid diet, but I'm starting to add chicken noodle soup and bananas.
I am so weak and exhausted from the combination of the sciatica and virus. I would just appreciate some encouraging words or insight. You are all so special on this forum. We journey together in the midst of storms and in calm.