For Lent this year I gave up sugar and dairy, adding to the meat and poultry from which I abstained 40 years ago. My weight declined significantly (23 pounds in 7 weeks) and then, one day in May of 2017, I could not get out of bed. My wife helped me put on a sock as the pain and lack of flexibility made it difficult. How could his happen?
You know the story.
It was seven weeks before PMR was diagnosed and I was put on Prednisone. Now it is a matter of balancing symptoms with side effects. I stumbled on this website and am ever grateful for the advice from those who have come before me.
Conventional Western Medicine started me on 15mg and, after a month I went to 12,5 and now started 10mg after another 3 weeks. I am now reading online of the experiences of bloggers with tapering. Thank you all !
In the meantime I have been taking numerous supplements, following the advice of a M.D. in Functional Medicine. She is not only interested in the control of symptoms, but seeks to find the cause. Presently we are thinking that the trigger might have been the weight loss and consequent build-up of toxins from the release of fatty acids.
The third part of my relationship with PMR is the augmentation of practice of Qigong. Energetically, there is a strength that permeates my body and the environment around me and promises to provide great relief from this dilemma.
With these three ways of dealing with my new friend, PMR, I hope to someday bid "Fare Thee Well!"