Having just recently being diagnosed with PMR, and now on a course of Prednisolone, I find myself asking why now. As a 75 year old male, I can accept that I fall into the predominate age group, but when exploring information regarding possible causes for PMR, its all rather vague. Accepted opinions include the idea that certain genes might increase a person's susceptibility, or that there maybe some form of a an environmental trigger. As a medical layman, there is a lot of research that is way beyond me and I make no attempt to understand - that would be foolish.
However, is there something specifically relative to me? As a qualified engineer, I worked in industry all my life, but the last 30 years of my career have been in what I regard as a relatively clean and safe environment when H&S is considered - IT/software/machine and instrument control. But after retiring in 2009, I started a hobby working with ceramics and pottery, which involves clay, high temperature kiln firing, and glazes, smoke and fumes. The range of substances involved is huge, many of which are toxic and dangerous. Nine years in and I have been diagnosed with PMR.
Is there a link? Is there a significant number of ceramists who have been affected by PMR
All comments welcome