Hi everyone. Recently I again tried tapering to 7.5mg prednisone without success. I went back up to 10mg but the pain that had escalated in my shoulders, arms, back and knees didn't really get much better. My rheumatologist ordered X-rays and increased my Prednisone to 20mg. The results of the X-rays showed mild arthritis but also calcium crystal deposits in my joints that she called pseudogout. Everything but my one knee has improved on the increased Prednisone. I was going to get a cortisone injection in that knee yesterday but it was delayed due to my being on Coumadin.
From what I gather, acute pseudogout, being an inflammatory arthritis, is treated much the same way as PMR but with short term steroids rather than long term. It does cause damage to joints where PMR doesn't. It seems I have both since I also have GCA. It just get confusing because one of the ways pseudogout can present is like PMR and is called Pseudo-PMR . I had not heard of this before and wondered if someone else has run into this as well? it just makes sorting what is from what confusing.