GP gave my blood results on Tuesday PMR - apparently CPR showed 8mg/L where normally would be between 1-5. I could have burst into tears with relief was just so pleased to actually know what the heck was going on with all this pain and discomfort so I am now on 20mg Pred.- GP checking me next Tuesday to see how things are going re. side effects etc. Had good chat with Doc - he assures it will be a very gradual process of reducing down - also taking Ranitidine to prevent any gastric type discomfort. First dose was 9 am yesterday morning, and, no lie, by 7pm my arms actually much less painful when raised or lowered and my shoulder pain was also greatly improved - and the "lift" in my mood was brilliant - just the relief, I think, that something was being done to help this debilitating condition. I look forward to checking this site daily - everyone on it seem very pleasant and sensible in their views and advice. Prior to yesterday, have always enjoyed 4 small glasses white wine between 4-6.30pm. Yesterday I cut down to 2 small glasses, but must admit would have liked to have one more - I know this is a grey area with differing thoughts, but have re-read the "blurb" that comes with the preds 3 times and nowhere on it does it mention alcohol surprisingly. Anyway will welcome any posts from anyone - just wanted to share my thoughts about my result.