So happy to find information on your site! I woke up with a terrible neck ache. (7 days prior, I was moving a heavy drop leaffed table and I dropped it when I experienced a terrible pain in my neck) I had to use my hands to lift my head off the pillow. I am a tough girl and I thought - this will go away. Well it did but the pain moved to my shoulders. It was constant but I thought it would go away. One night, I went to bed and I woke in severe pain barely able to get out of the bed. I could not raise my arms or use my upper body. My hips were sore and I had difficulty walking. I am 60 years old and I felt like I was 100! I went to the Emergency Room and after a few weeks, it was determined that I had PMR. I went to a rheumatologist who started me on a very low dose of prednisone (4mgs). It has helped and my symptoms are much better. Because of the side effects, I initially asked for a low dose. I go again tomorrow and I am not sure if I want more. Every week, I feel a bit better but then... there can be a worse day!
I just finished 5 days of a true R&R vacation with Carribean ocean swims. They really helped my aching arms and stuck shoulders!
I am going to try to take a long lunch break to quit looking at my computer. I am hoping this PMR will leave me as quickly as it came!
Thank you so much for your posts.