I'm new here and diagnosed this week with PMR. I have been prescribed 15mg Prednisolone. After taking it for two days and although symptoms eased a bit, I am undecided whether to continue as I had side effects almost immediately. I have encountered Prednisolone before as I had suspected GCA six years ago and was put on 60mg which I took for around three months. As there was uncertainty about the GCA diagnosis, and the side effects were so awful, I suggested to GP that I come off them. He agreed and I did a very slow withdrawal over several months. I have had mild symptoms of PMR over the past couple of years but last week the shoulder and hip pain was so bad that I went to GP. They took blood tests and the Plasma Viscosity reading was high, hence the PMR diagnosis. I am seeing GP again next week and have a list of questions. However, can anyone advise what the outcome of not taking steroids for PMR might be. I don't seem to have the pain as severe as some of you.