Hi, I am from the UK but have been living in Central America for 2 years and thankfully I'm due to return to the UK at the end of February. About 5 weeks ago I started getting mild back pain and a very sore right hip. I assumed it was nervestablished as I had suffered from sciatica many years ago. At my time of writing this I now have the most unbearable pain in both thighs and hips at night (probably similar to my upper legs being run over by a truck) also I have stiffness and pain now in both shoulders, upper arms and what feels like underneath my back bones as well as my neck. The pain wakes me up at night despite strong painkillers and I have to grab the side of the mattress to pull myself to the edge of the bed as it hurts too much to support myself. I drag my legs to the side if the bed you let them drop over the side. Once up I can barely lift my feet and walk like I'm 95. I am, in fact, only 61.
As well as the above, my hands hurt, I often wake with a bad head, feeling like I have severe flu. For the past 2 mornings I have gone back to bed because I feel so ill. I cannot walk far and after doing a few jobs at home I'm exhausted. It hurts to hang washing out.
By the afternoon things are improving and I keep thinking it may all just how away but it keeps getting worse every morning. I appear to have the symptoms of pma but of course need to see a doctor as soon as I get back to England.
My question is this. How likely is it that I have polymyalgia or could these all be the symptoms of some other inflammatory disease? I have at least 3 more weeks of this before I can get help.
If this is pma why is the only treatment steroids. Is there nothing else that will control this Disease?
Thank you for your help.