Hi I'm Christine and new to Health unlocked . I woke one morning 7 yes 7 years ago coming up to my 60th birthday unable to get out of bed /use the loo/without help. I had the horrendous pain as so many of you have had. I obtained a private appt on the day of my husbands 60th birthday bash and was diagnosed and put on 15 mg pred. 2 weeks later on my 60th I looked and felt a different woman. Three years later I contracted GCA. Violent headache /very weepy/no appetite . This went undetected by 2 doctors until my own gp saw me and immediately did bloods ( i had an ultrasound the next morning) . Up I went to 40mg pred, Thank goodness. Since then I have had many flare ups of PMR pain and am currently on 4 mg a day. I will be seeing my NHS Conslt. in May who hopes I will be off the pred by then. Its been a long road for all the family. Ask me anything . Ha ha I feel I should be an expert Iv'e not read about anyone suffering as long as me.