I just turned 60. I was diagnosed with PMR on November 25, 2017. Spent two and half days in ER. They prescribed 25mg to be taking each day n to lower it 5 mg a month till I reach 7 1/2 mg. Currently I'm taking 15mg n will be lowering dosage to 10mg Feb 27th.
I don't have medical coverage and my family doctor refuses to provide me with another prescription. In short, I will be out of medication in about two weeks or less. He claims it's above his pay scale and that I need to see a Rumatologist. I can't afford the cost. I was told without insurance it will cost me $150 doctor visit n $1,000.00 blood work ect.
My question is what happens if suddenly I am forced to stop taking Predisone? Will I get GCA? What will happen to my body because of sudden discontinuation. My hands are at times in excruciating pain. Sometimes it's difficult to walk as well.
The only way I can continue getting Predisone is to be admitted to ER again. That's a very costly proposition. My last visit cost me $28,000.00 for a 2 1/2 day visit.