I am 63; recently experienced pain and stiffness I buttock/hip area and shoulders. Symptoms are always worse in the am. I went to a nurse practitioner who did blood work. Elevated ESR so she gave me a prednisone pack for inflammation. Symptoms got better; then worsened, so returned to a doctor who did additional blood work with CPR elevated so he gave me a 20 day script for prednisone. 40 mg for 5 days; then 30 mg, 20 mg, 10 mg for 5 days each. Symptoms got better, then worse when pill were done, Another trip back to same doctor. This time many X-rays of hips, neck, and shoulders. No blood work, more prednisone with the same dosage. Symptoms improved once again. I am currently tapering to 10 mg again.
After researching and finding a couple of forums, I now have an appointment with another provider who specializes in this area (not a rheumatologist) . I will be off prednisone for about a week before I can see him. Any suggestions on what other blood work to have done or imaging? I want to rule out any other diagnosis, but do feel like PMR is what I have.