I was diagnosed with PMR almost 5 years ago. At the time, my rheumy said, "you will be on prednisone for a year, your blood sugar will go up, you will gain a lot of weight. but here is your prednisone".
Fortunately, this Forum was alive and chugging along, with PMRpro and Kate Gilbert and a few others carring the load. the group was still pretty small then.
Since that time, research has kicked in, literature has increased, but the old myths persist!
for starters... Newbies first question is always "when can I start TAPERING!, to get off prednisone".
the answer.....drumroll please......you will be on prednisone, not months but YEARS!! Tapering off Prednisone is gradual, and depending on the severity of each case, takes finesse and patience to manage without the dreaded yo-yo FLARE! Even with experience, flares happen, and are managed with prednisone.
question, how to keep from gaining weight... answer, check the white carbs at the door, and begin healthy eating, exercise moderately as your body tolerates.
question, blood sugar? I have no answer there, but I suspect carb control may help.
Other questions continue to roll in...fatigue, pred head, and the list goes on. As I read, most new users start with managing prednisone, then over time, move to managing life with PMR!
We have a huge forum of experts right here. The answers are here! They are repeated daily by our experts, who provide this service kindly and freely. I love you girls/guys.
as always, kind regards, Jerri
dx: PMR, 5 years, currently 6-7 pred.