I wonder if anyone else has been diagnosed as having "polymyalgic onset rheumatoid arthritis?" That is my ? Diagnosis. I have quite severe osteoarthritis in my wrists and fingers. On scanning no rheumatoid signs were detected. I was originally diagnosed with PMR and have now been on pred for two years. Only 5mg now hoping to reduce to 4 soon. I was referred to a rheumatologist because I couldn't reduce my steroids without the pain returning in the initial stages. Have been tried on both methotrexate and hydrochloroquine. Neither made any difference excepting for making me feel ill and causing digestive problems. I don't believe I have rheumatoid arthritis. No rheumatoid factor has been seen in my blood. Only raised ESR and CRP and both are completely steroid sensitive. Any thoughts on this unusual diagnosis? Even my GP had never heard of it. She thinks that I have PMR and osteoarthritis but not RA. Thanks for listening.