I had my first appointment with Dr Mackie at Wharfdale Hospital in Otley, thanks to a recommendation from PMRpro. I just wanted to share the sheer healing joy of being with a doctor who valued me as a person of worth and was genuinely interested in PMR and GCA. I had a full physical examination, a long diagnostic chat, an armful of blood taken ( including for the first time looking for vitamin D deficiency) two x- Rays. She speaks our language, approves of the dead slow method of reducing Prednisalone. Everyone in that little hospital was friendly and efficient. All the tests were done in one building and there was next to no waiting ( it made me fear for it under our present Government). This is how it SHOULD BE! she will give advice about dosage etc. once the results come through. So it is worth shopping around for a good, engaged doctor instead of struggling on alone. This forum is gold dust. I am also joining Dr Mackie's research project into the debilitating fatigue that accompanies PMR and GCA. Hopefully a tiny contribution to the greater good.
A lot of pain and stiffness this morning, I have either relaxed my guard or it was the 3 hour round trip to Otley. But no fear hurrah!