Hi everyone, I'm new here but have suffered from PMR for over 4 years now.
It started at the age of 67 and in just a matter of hours progressed from some low level back pain to severe pain virtually everywhere. Like many people here I was proscribed 40mgs of Prednisolone a day, reducing fairly quickly to 20mgs and very gradually down from there. However, also like many here when eventually arriving at 6 or 7 mgs dosage, the pain returns. In my case I have been at this level several times and always having to return to a higher dosage. I'm currently on 10 mgs but not completely pain free either.
I've almost given up hope of ever being free from this medication, and most doctors say there is no effective alternative medication but also say that prolonged use is not recommended?
Does anyone have any comments from their personal experience about side effects of long term use? I think thinning skin and easy bruising could be attributed to this but equally to the aging process?
Appreciate any comments