I've had PMR for two and a half years now. I managed to reduce to 2/3 alternate days and didn't feel too bad. I then had a sudden and quite severe flare last March . My usual lovely dr had retired by then and from March through to July a saw a couple of different drs who did not want to increase my pred and just kept giving me stronger and stronger pain killers. I took it upon myself to increase the press to 7mg but it didn't make any difference. I finally flipped and went to see a rheumatologist privately. He first of all felt it was important to get me pain free from my severe Osteoarthritis in my knees and drew lots of fluid off and gave me a steroid injection in both knees. Miraculous. Pain free , including PMR pains although the pred pains came back after a few days. Next visit he then gave me a massive steroid injection in my bum as he was hoping that that would put a stop to the flare, said he would see me in a month with a view to starting to reduce. It worked for two and a half weeks but then the pains started to return and I am now struggling once again with neck, shoulders and something new, sharp and horrible pains under my left shoulder blade and round my ribs. It becomes more bearable as the day wears on but is excruciating at night in bed and first thing in the morning. What I would like to know, sorry it's taken so long, is anyone ever totally pain free particularly in the mornings. Should I expect to have some pain. I am seeing my reuhmy tomorrow but would like a bit of feedback from you all if possible.