Hi all, I thought I'd let you know, saw the consultant Rod Hughes at Chertsey, he wants me to lower the steroids as quickly as possible and is not convinced by GP's diagnosis...not sure what to think but if I can get off this toxic dose we can start to test for other things as it's all masked by the meds at the moment. Still seeing the rhyuemy at RBH on the 12th and he will write to them, he'll also see me as an NHS patient if I prefer to see him so we'll see how it goes. Going to be a horrible few weeks reducing the steroids but hopefully long term for the better! Bit confused tbh as he said it would be very unlikely to be PMR due to my age which contradicts everything I thought I knew.
He feels it's more a RA/Lupus type thing going on, definitely autoimmune and a bit frustrated that GP didn't pick it up earlier before the stupidly high doses of steroids as we are now having to start from scratch.
I'm going to have to trust him and go with his advice of reducing from 60mg by 10mg a week (again contradictory!??) and see what occurs....gulp!!
Not sure how I'm feeling TBH