I have concluded that I most certainly have a problem with wheat. I ate wheat for a month and day by day my symptoms increased, the worst of which was extreme fatigue, but also aches and pains in shoulders, hips, hands and feet. I felt exactly like I did when I had a PMR flare. BUT I checked my CRP before starting to eat wheat and it was down (4.75) and when I rechecked it after a month, fully expecting it to be up it was actually DOWN?! (4.0).
Then I stopped eating wheat and within 4 days my energy returned and the pain is greatly diminished.
So I am thinking that either a) the wheat intolerance has nothing to do with PMR but just has similar symptoms and my PMR is gone or b) eating wheat exaserbates PMR and causes a flare but without increased inflammation marker
When I was first diagnosed with PMR my CRP was 34 and I have been on and off Prednisone 3 times. It has been a year since I took Pred.
Maybe once we have suffered tthrouh this dread disease we have a tendency to view everything through that lens.