I have had GCA for just over 2 years and doing nicely with reductions. I didn't put on weight nor did I develop a moon face. Had lots of other side effects but they have gradually disappeared. Just two flares. I only knew about the last one because my ESR was slowly creeping up. In January I was down to 2mg. However, my ESR (which had been holding at 5) was going up and the last reading was 25. Not very high but definitely going the wrong way. The only symptom I had was a wee niggle in my right shoulder. I have increased to 5mg and my latest ESR is 9 so much better. Unfortunately, the shoulder isn't much better. And now besides the right shoulder issue, my left hip is quite sore. My doctor is thinking PMR and I am staying on 5mg for another 3 weeks and will get ESR checked to see if it is holding at 9 or has dropped even lower. I know very little about PMR but thought that everything was bi lateral. Does anyone have any PMR experience of only having pain or discomfort on one side. I have no other health issues, am not overweight and am quite fit.