My mum who is 89 has had Polymyalgia for 10 yrs and never been able to get lower than 5 mg. Every time she's tried these last 10 yrs she becomes exceedingly ill. Having been diagnosed with Polymyalgia 18 months ago I'm scared of getting stuck on sterioids. Currently down to 5mg attempting 4.5 - but quite uncomfortable. I have refused alendronate whatever it's called as mum has developed severe peptic ulcer that is causing her hell currently and I was told or read somewhere that this medication caused it. However the doctor is saying it's the result of long term steroid use. Does anyone know which is true? Is it simply the steroids? Do gastro resistant steroids help?