Like many people in this "club", my journey has been anything but straight forward. I was diagnosed with PMR in May and his year and prescribed 15mg Pred which worked its usual magic. Unfortunately this didn't last and I was referred to a rheumatologist at the beginning of July who increased the Pred to 40mg because she suspected GCA. I saw her again a month later and she started me on a reduction, which I chose to do slowly. Now at 30mg. Anyway, my current problem is with my heart rate. I use a Fitbit to help me to watch how I'm doing and, when I started on Pred, my resting heart rate was 65bpm but it has gradually increased and today the resting heart rate is 79bpm. I realise that I am stressed at the moment - but it's a good stress because I had confirmation last week, both from the consultant and from my travel insurance company, that I'm OK to fly to Florida to stay with friends for two weeks at the end of October. But, I don't think,the holiday is the main reason for the increased heart beat because this gradual increase started about three weeks ago, before I got excited about the holiday. So, after all that, my question is whether stress could cause this or whether it could be the Pred?
Any advice gratefully received,,,