I was diagnosed with PMR four years ago. Three months later GCA came along and I was topped up to 60 mgs of pred and referred to Rheumy. I managed to come down OK until I reached 4mgs nearly two years ago but couldn't get any lower without having a flare (only with PMR symptoms, not GCA). My GP was supportive and said just keep trying every so often, increasing the dose by 1mg for a while whenever symptoms returned.
Then this week, after three years, I was summoned to see my Rheumy again. He demanded to know why I was still taking pred and said I had to come off it. He is making an appointment for me to see an endocrinologist but said I have to reduce the pred to zero over three to four months and take ibuprofen to control the pain. From experience, I know ibuprofen does not help. He said I may have become steroid dependent and that I probably did not have PMR now as it usually burns itself out after 18 months to 2 years. I know from this site that that is certainly not always the case.
I am panicking now as I have been so careful to control the pain and keep my mobility but I feel as though I may go back to square one.
He was angry that I had not taken Alendronic Acid and said he would make an appointment for a further DEXA scan and "I would probably find that my bones had crumbled". Hopefully, they won't have crumbled as I am taking Calceos and have a diet including lots of dairy products.
I think he was having a bad day!
Should I just accept this or perhaps ask my GP for a second opinion? I am so worried about coming off the pred so quickly.