In a bit of a quandary...I have finally had blood tests done, ( CRP at 120, and ESR at 39) after years of being told by doctors and specialists that I had arthritis, and not much could be done apart from pain medication..Anti inflammatories, panadol, codeine and trammadol. Doctor is now diagnosing me with polymyalgia, and suggest prednisone will have instant effect, but is a reasonably long term thing. I had a ruptured brain aneurysm 4 years ago, which I have thankfully recovered from, but the side effects of Pednisone are making me very wary...I am a 51 year old female...so also struggling with menopause symptoms ( isn't life just peachy?, haha). I am tempted to try natural herbal therapies ( already on Tumeric and have cut out tea and coffee in place of green tea....reading about diets to reduce inflammation ( but also would be nice to have a life to enjoy, rather than suffer through a Kale and sprout existance). I still like a wine and a roast dinner ....I tend to be rather sceptical by nature, and have made an appointment with a herbalist, but it all seems to be based on detoxification ( in my head I am replacing that with "fun and enjoyment elimination"..). Has anyone taken that route, and how have they found the results? I know I have to make a step forward and some changes to try and reduce my constant pain levels, but would prefer to do it without all the bloody pills if I can.