Hello, and thank you for all the information and support I've gathered here over the past 8 months. So happy I found this site. This is finally my first post!
I was diagnosed with PMR 8 months ago, February 1, 2018. I started at 15 mg Prednisone, and have had a pretty smooth ride, other than 8lb weight gain and mild bloating, until getting to 4.5mg. This is the first dose where I've reduced by less than 1mg, thanks to the advice I've found here. Once I was at 9mg I reduced by 1mg per month, but stayed at 5mg for 6 weeks (although my rheumy recommends cutting by a full mg every 2 to 4 weeks), and 6 days ago reduced to 4.5mg. By the second day I was having severe lower stomach pain, reduced appetite, mild fever, head sweating, generally feeling unwell. None of the PMR pain and stiffness. Stomach pain is improving, other symptoms the same. I'm assuming these symptoms are from the reduction to 4.5mg.
Should I see how it goes for a few more days, or is this my body telling me to go back up to 5mg? Or do you tolerate some unpleasantness with reductions?