I have been suffering the symptoms of PMR for the past 4 to 5 months and the joint pain in my shoulders has been gradually worsening. So, I'm off to my GP on Tuesday to see if I can get an official diagnosis.
I'm concerned that he is going to suggest medication with prednisone. As this doesn't cure PMR but only alleviates the symptoms I am wondering if the trade-off with the risk of side-effects is worth it. From what I have read on this forum everybody seems to have taken the prednisone and are at various stages of dose reduction to try and eventually come off it.
Having searched the forums I can't find if anyone has endured PMR without medication. If it is possible to tolerate the pain, inconvenience and limited range of motion then will the symptoms disappear at some point anyway? Or, does the duration of the condition simply make the long-term pain unbearable?
I welcome your thoughts and advice on this.