Good morning, 1st post, but I've been reading regularly and found this forum so very helpful. I'm interested in a mention about 'reactive' in response to the post about diet rather than Pred.
10 years ago my brother died suddenly in April and in the July that year I contracted shingles. This year, my husband died suddenly in March. In July, whilst in the throes of buying, selling, downsizing and moving house, I came down with a flu like virus overnight, or at least that's what I thought. Assumed it was a physical reaction to everything, as that seemed to be my pattern of behaviour. By the next day I couldn't even lift the boxes I'd already packed. This just went on and on, some days better than others but the general trend was worse until I went to an osteopath. He helped a lot with muscle tension but told me he felt there was some underlying cause, he felt it was PMR, and sent me to my GP.
ESR and CRP markers weren't hugely raised so the debate (PMR / fibromyalgia / rheumatoid arthritis or simply a bad psychosomatic emotional reaction) went on for ages whilst I just got worse. I googled PMR, ticked every symptom bar raised blood markers.
Eventually put on 30mg Pred by a duty GP, and it was miraculous. Pain gone in an hour, felt omnipotent. My own GP said starter dose should have been 15mg, and I reduced from 30 to 25, then after 2 more weeks to 20, due to drop to 15 next week. I don't think she envisages immediate huge reductions once I reach 15mg. Felt wiped out for a day or two when I decreased so will make sure a Saturday in future. Now, like the gentleman this morning, I'm wondering if I am a fraud, because whilst I have odd side effects of Pred, I feel great as regards the pain. Is this just the 'reactive' PMR after all?
Whether it is or isn't, thank you for all the sound advice on this forum. It's helped me a lot just reading it. Apologies for a long screed.