I'm new here!
I'm really grateful to have discovered this forum. 2 days ago, I was diagnosed with PMR. for months I've had these "symptoms". They have slowly, (over a years time) spread from the middle of my arms to my shoulders, knees, and I feel tingling in my toes. It feels like the constant body aching of having the flu, along WITH a lactic acid burn that comes after a strenuous workout.
I have tried to push it out of my mind, and think, "It will go away"
But it didn't-it got worse, so I went to the Dr.
Now that I have a diagnosis. I am not in mystery, playing Dr. Google and trying to figure out what I have; however, now that I know, and am seeing the course of medication, and the possibility of GCA, I am not sure HOW I feel. Glad that I now know, WHAT the issue is, but indifferent to the problem itself, as well, as fearful of the GCA that looms in the darkness....
I'm terrified of steroids, and weight gain. I literally cannot function when I am over weight, and I go into deep depression, and I surround my world with apathy that centers on self sabotage. It's a vicious cycle, and I don't wanna go there, AND battle a head full of hornets.
I ask myself: "Whats worse, a camel hump, a moon face, a bloated gut, misguided fat all over my body, and rage feelings, or some dysfunctional muscles, stiffness, and pain?
I'm thinking about all the side affects, and the dreadful course and length of it all, and I ask myself, "Whats worse"?
At least now, I am happy, thin, and free of depression. Is this a poor trade off? I might be free of some joint and muscle pain, but might I be 10 times MORE miserable emotionally, mentally AND physically?
I'm new to this site, and new to this diagnosis. I'm 60 years old, and I have been an athlete all of my life, as well as a happy, upbeat, and gentle spirit...
Can I get some experience, strength and hope? What are some nutritional suggestions to stave off weight gain, and other side effect?
I'm not on prednisone yet, but I'm sure he's gonna prescribe it when the bloodworm comes in...I'm enjoying these last few days of being free and happy...
Thank you in advance!