My journey with PMR began in Oct 2018. Sudden onset of bilateral symmetrical pain in shoulder and pelvic/hip area. Prednisone was prescribed initially with relief from pain. I saw several providers who weren't extremely helpful and did not seem to have a good skill set into PMR. I found Dr. S who is wonderful and very thorough. I have had numerous xrays and blood work to rule out other problems. He fast tracked me to see a rheumatologist who is also very good. Bottom line is I have my diagnosis of PMR. He set me up with a dose of 25 mg prednisone which I split the dose; 15mg at 6am and 10 mg at 6pm. That worked wonders for me. Major pain was gone and my mobility was back. I just tapered to 20mg taken in the AM. I am a bit concerned that it is to much but willing to give it a try. So far so good after 4 days although I do feel some twinges of discomfort, but nothing like I had. My providers do not have a problem with how I dose it if I want to split the dose or take all at once. Rheumatologist wants me taper again to 15mg in one month. I think that may be too fast but we will see. I have been able to go on short term disability for now so I do not have to work for now. I am extremely tired and have issues with high blood pressure and tachycadia. And brain fog.
I continue to follow the forum and it has been extremely helpful. Thanks to all for your wonderful input. Duffer55