So, after a few months of wondering why i was aching all the time and a couple of visits to a chiropractor I finally went to the doctor (a locum) who said "it could be PMR - get some blood tests and come back". That's all taken a month. And today i had a booked call from GP who hadnt read my notes, asked me what I wanted and then, after asking me which muscles hurt (?!?!) decided i have PMR and wrote out a prescription for Prednisolone and told me to take 30mg a day and come back in a month.
Of course, as soon as PMR was first mentioned, i read everything i could. I'm so unhappy and scared and would really value your help, advice and support. BTW, the gp didnt even mention GCA, so i am so grateful to your forum for bringing this risk to my attention.
Anyway, I have three questions:
1. why have i been put on such a high starting dose? - is this normal?
2. should I be taking any supplements - eg calcium?
3. I have already started addressing my diet: I don't eat meat but I am forcing myself to have oily fish. I have cut out dairy and sugar. I don't eat processed carbs (bread, pastry etc) but should i be concerned about natural carbohydrates (ie, pulses etc)?