Wonderful site. Glad to have found it.
My troubles started mid-October. Most recently, saw my GP and started on prednisone 15mg daily. Have been taking it for 10 days.
The diagnosis (PMR) rests upon my symptoms and a trial of a few days of prednisone to which I responded not 'miraculously' but enough to be quite encouraged. All my bloodwork was normal, so in that sense, this is an atypical presentation for which she is referring me to a rhumatologist (the wait could be long).
My GP is on vacation (4 weeks) and I have questions. I am hoping you can provide some guidance.
My days have been up and down; some better than others. Most of the shoulder pain/stiffness had resolved. I was left mostly whit hip pain. Today is my worst day since starting the prednisone. It is morning and I have quite a lot of discomfort in the shoulders and hips.
1) Is 15mg not enough for me? How much better should I feel after 10 days?
2) OR, whatever placebo effect I had in the initial days has worn off and the cause of the symptoms is not PMR? (NSAIDs were not helpful at all prior to prednisone)
3) OR, does the work week and shoveling snow this weekend cause the symptoms to worsen despite the prednisone.
New at this, not certain what to think, was happy to have a diagnosis and a treatment for whatever it is that is going on.