I’ve been reading and inwardly digesting this forum since December '16. Neck and back/scapula/rib ache from Octoberish, down left shoulder into arm, fatigue (I thought I had a touch of lazyitis). By January left hip, groins, axillas, and I asked my chiro (who had been trying to sort my back/shoulder for a while) if I had arthritis in my hip? She thought not as I had full range of movement. Went to GP who prescribed amitryptylline for the arm, and lansoprazole (made me ill) for the gastritis/indigestion, presumably caused by Brufen which hadn't helped, neither had paracetamol or voltarol gel. Anyway, right hip and right shoulder soon joined in, despite the Amitryptilline, so I stopped taking it. Then February 10th I had a 'fluey' weekend with gritty joints, and inability to sit still. Stiffness persisted and got worse and lasted longer. This is when I was reading this forum avidly, and thanks are due to those who respond with wisdom, and also to those who share their problems, allowing me to 'compare notes' and get some affirmation and reassurance.
I waited 4 weeks, knowing my GP would write it off as a virus if I attended too soon; as it was I waited 6 weeks due to appointment availability.
I told my sorry tale, and he immediately thought PMR! Sent me for bloods, but they were 'normal' (CRP =1; ESR =11) so there was "no way you can have PMR". I countered with the knowledge gleaned here, 20% are normal. And somehow managed to persuade him to give me a steroid trial, and within 3-4 hours I could ascend the stairs, and by next morning was up and out with the dog within an hour of waking. So I was allowed to stay on pred, (even though he was convinced I didn't have it) and waited til late September to see a rheum who confirmed PMR.
I'm 57, had work stress, carer stress, 2 parent deaths and other not nice stuff to contend with during the previous 2 years, so if stress is a contributor I'd count myself in. I'm currently on 12.5mg pred down from 20mg in April (with a few ups and downs)