Last night's, first visit, to the Rheumy left me feeling a bit more in control, informed, and hopeful! She seemed knowledgable, confident, open to work collaboratively with me and best of all, she has a plan to start me "tapering." I will reduce my Prednisolone by 5 mg each week (starting today) until the middle of February, at which point I will be at 30 mg per day. At that point we will slow things way down; look at blood results and decide from there how slowly the "tapering" will continue. Tomorrow I will have an abdo and pelvic ultrasound, a chest x-ray and in near future a cardiac echo (I have a Mitral Valve Prolapse) and a bone density test. We meet again on Feb 9th to discuss all. She is 99% confident I have both PMR and GCA based on my past medical history, recent symptoms, and the fact that I positively responded to the steroids within <24 hours and symptoms have been controlled since. I have no way of really knowing if this is a viable plan, but her confidence, implied knowledge and experience with both diseases prompted me to give her my trust. Fingers crossed.
Rheumy's Got a Plan! : Last night's, first visit... - PMRGCAuk
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