This is my first post. I am an 81-year-old woman who was very poorly for a long time before I was diagnosed with PMR in 2013. A dosage of 35 mg steroid then made me incredibly better within a week, and I started a gradual reduction of steroids which worked okay for some time. By the start of 2015 I had got down to 8 mg without too much trouble but spent 2015/2016 getting at times down to 4 mg but then being forced by the pain to jump up to a higher dose. In January 2017 my problems flared up and I went back up to 15 mg per day for a short time before reducing again to 5 and 8 mg.
In 2018 my pain got a lot worse and my GP referred me to the local Rheumatologist. The pain was then in my right hip and after tests this was thought to be the problem. I had an injection into the hip and this did seem to help, I was then able to lie in bed without pain.
On a second visit to the Rheumatologist this improvement was seen to confirm that the hip was the problem, further appointments were made and a hip surgeon was due to be asked to consider the situation.
For a few weeks the pain continued diminish and the pain was slightly better although it moved from the hip to the my right knee. Then two weeks ago the pain returned with a vengeance and for three or four days I could barely move. A physiotherapist who the Rheumatologist had asked me to see and my GP both agree the hip cannot be the problem. The GP has now put me on a 20 mg dose for a week then reducing to 10 mg in the second week since if this works it indicates the PMR must be the problem.
Is it common for the location of PMR pain to suddenly change? I am happy and hopeful that the increase will work. I take my first 20 mg today but would like your views on how I should reduce the dosage in the longer term.