I was diagnosed with GCA over 2 years ago and with PMR a year ago. Around this time I began suffering from a sore back which was accompanied by pain and numbness in the front of my lower legs and feet (both legs). This condition gradually became worse and I had an MRI 6 months ago which showed that I had bulging discs in the lumber region. The Neurologist felt that there was no need for surgery but that physio would help. In November my pred dose was raised to 20mg due to the joint pain, stiffness associated with PMR The back pain also became bearable (possibly masked by the increase in Pred) but the numbness in my legs and feet have not improved. I've reduced to 17mg (on a slowly, slowly taper) and my back feels OK - but the legs and feet are the same.
I eventually had an appointment with a physio in December and, after examination , the physio feels that I may have Periphal Neurophathy (PN) and has given me exercises - so far not much help! I've read somewhere that taking Methotrexate may contribute to PN and this coincides with the period when my Rheumologist started me on this drug together with folic acid.
Has anyone experienced this condition while diagnosed with PMR or do you have ant ideas on treatment?