Hi I'm a newbee looking for knowledge. My GP thinks I have PMR and is asking me to take steroids for a trial period to rule it in or out of diagnosis. I have had severe pains in my neck and shoulders for four years following whiplash injuries. Last october I woke up with severe leg and knee pains and exhaustion. Blood tests showed I was moving towards Hypothyroidism. Two months later I was hypo diagnosed and put on levothyroxine. However pains stopped in shoulders but continued in legs and knees but not as severe and across my hands, occasionally toes, ankles , arms, ribs, and asthma type breathing on the odd day or so. Latest blood test shows increased CRP levels and low neutrophils. I am seeing a thyroid specialist in august privately but i am wondering if I really do have PMR and if so what type of specialist I should be seeing? Obviously something is attacking my thyroid. Are there any good books to read to educate myself. I am frightened of side effects of steroids - is it really dangerous to not treat PMR and to just leave well alone. I am able to function reasonably ok at the moment and I am hoping it will just improve - though I realise I am probably in denial of how serious this is - shall I get treatment asap or see how it develops?