Saw Rheumy this morning - came away disappointed and annoyed. Usual statements made - been on steroids over a year / currently on 16mg, only give 15 mg for pmr / need to get off them / side effects blah blah blah!! Told rheumy shoulder pain back now reduced to 16 mg. Reply - need to reduce to 15 mg. Tried to argue point to no avail. Keeps on about wear & tear, I explain this is pmr pain, completely different from physical pain. I did get referral for dexa scan (result).! I'm going to try injections in shoulders she suggested. She had me moving(well attempting) arms raised etc. Came home worse state than when I went out! Also requested I have hip x ray and new bloods taken. To add insult to injury they couldn't get blood sample from either arm, so off to book nurse appt at drs. Rheumy definately wants me off steroids and try alternative meds. I told her I couldn't go back to pre diagnosis where it was painful to lay in bed, could hardly walk anywhere and barely function. No comment from rheumy.
Still, it was lovely sunny day so went off for coffee and lunch, determined not to let the b*****ds grind me down.