Just a quick 'serious' query for a change (more Mirth to come later...)
First, the Good News: after a long Pred tapering journey I'm now down to 3 mgpd Pred and reducing cautiously with far less PMR Pain, stiffness and DF (Deathly Fatigue) as time goes on. Phew....!
But.... for a few weeks following a bout of the Flu, my main / worst symptoms are now 'sore' upper ribs and sternum - what appears to be Costochondritis symptoms (as PMRpro suggested a while back - thanks). A recent Chest x-ray was 'Normal - no action'.
My 64-Dollar Question(s): is the Costochondritis (inflammation of the Costal Cartilage) more likely to be a legacy of the Flu, or residual PMR inflammation still swirling around (or a bit of both)?
In either case, what would you Aunties / other Polymalingerers here advise in terms of my Pred dosage and tapering? I.e. would 'upping' the Pred a little be likely (or not) to control the rib-area inflammation? Or, given a near absence other PMR and steroid withdrawal symptoms (e.g. very little other muscle stiffness, pain / fatigue etc), just to sit-it out, stay on a plateau at 3mgpd Pred and wait for the Costowhatsit to settle down on its own?
Ideas / similar experiences / answers on a postcard please..?!
Many thanks all - wishing you an enjoyable weekend.