Hi everyone, I am new today and have stumbled over this forum quite by chance.
I suppose I have been having pain symptoms (which were not controlled by conventional pain relief), for several years. Fortunately for me, I managed to see a doctor who was willing to look into the reasons for my pain.
The results of recent blood tests showed high levels of inflammation and was started on calcium and vit D and 20mg prednisolone, recently my dose was dropped to 12.5mg but within 24hrs the pain and stiffness was back, though maybe not as severe as it was without the steroids. I'm now quite happy on 15mg, though there is no sign of GCA as yet.
Other symptoms include: fatigue, poor sleep, irritability, memory problems, clumsiness, acid reflux, high blood pressure, stress, high cholesterol, lack of interest in my hobbies, heavy sweating especially in the early evening and when asleep, intolerance of cold and damp weather, sudden jerky movements, moderate hearing loss, vertigo.
I am due more blood tests in the middle of April with the possibility of being referred to rheumatology, can't help but think something else may be going on here. I am just beginning to realise- heaving read a few blogs- that PMR is possibly lifelong for some and steroids could be too.
I would welcome personal insights on any of the above.
Thank you Meg.