Hi everyone, this is my first post. I was originally following the Psoriatic Arthritis posts but last week have now been given a PMR diagnosis.
To give you a picture of my story, I was 53 years old when I came down with sudden pain and stiffness in my thighs, upper arms and neck in May 2017. Since then I have had numerous blood tests, GP visits, 3 visits to different rheumatologists, x rays, MRI scan and appointments with a hip specialist.
I was diagnosed with PsA in July 2017 but when I didn't react to a steroid injection, that diagnosis was rejected and I was advised that as I have a sedentary job it was probably a mechanical problem and I should take up yoga or pilates. At that point I couldn't even bend down to feed the cats without difficulty so that wasn't an option. I did take up swimming though which does help but didn't solve the problem.
In December after ending up in tears with my GP, after driving home from work unable to turn my neck, the steering wheel or move my foot from one pedal to the other without pain, she presribed Naproxen. This helped until I ended up in hospital for 3 days with a severe allergic reation resulting in hives all over my body, swollen palms, wrists, soles of feet, back of head, face, lips....so that ended my painkillers!
What it did show however, was that the high doses of steroids I was given for the allergy, took away all my stiffness. I now had the ammunition for another rheumatologist appointment and that's when I've got my PMR diagnosis and now on a course of steroids. I'm on what I imagine is the standard dose of 15mg per day which has helped although my right arm still feels like it is dislocating when I move it too far behind me. My hip, which has inflamed tendons is still hurting and I could have an injection straight into that but I feel I'm on enough steroids already so declined that for the moment.
So, I would like to say that I am so thankful to find this group as I have been stalking it for the past few days and taking on board all the useful information. I would be interested to know whether it is possible to have PMR and PsA as I still think I may have some PsA symptoms but then they do seem to overlap and there doesn't seem to be any formal diagnosis of either of them.
Thanks for listening.