I have posted before because my rheumatologist believes I may have fibromyalgia rather than PMR. My symptoms began in Aug 2015 - headaches, weight loss, chills, fever and then muscle pain. My ESR and CRP were both elevated. I was started on prednisone 40 mg in Oct 2015. I had a wonderful response to prednisone. In Oct 2016 while on prednisone 5 mg I had a repeat ESR and CRP which were normal even though my muscle pain had been increasing. It was at this point that my rheumatologist decided I must have fibromyalgia. I continued to reduce prednisone and the pain became very severe in Dec 2016 but miraculously in Jan 2017 I was completely pain free (on prednisone 2 mg). Six weeks later the pain had returned and I became quite debilitated (I had finished tapering off prednisone as the pain began to return). I saw my family doctor and asked to be restarted on prednisone (I was unable to get an appt with my rheumatologist). Since starting prednisone 15 mg four weeks ago I am 80-90% improved. I saw my rheumatologist this week who still believes I have fibromyalgia vs PMR. Can those of you who have both please describe to me the different symptoms and how you which is which.
Thanks so much