I read this forum every day. I appreciate the patient and thorough replies to every post, even if a question has been asked many times. To a new PMR/GCA traveler, it's all quite scary. And, I've come to put much more faith in the info here than what I get from my frequently absent (literally and/or figuratively) rheumy.
But, the big thank you comes from my experience of having back surgery two weeks ago. In brief: outpatient, micro-surgery to decompress a pinched nerve. But, it's my spine (yikes!) under general anesthesia, incision through my pred-induced fat "saddle." With knowledge gained on this forum, I sailed through -- managed my pred dosing with no flare, and went into surgery with much less anxiety. Kudos to the "aunties" and "unc" MB (yes, I did miss you while you were under the weather) -- hugs and kisses!