I need to understand what my rheumy is suggesting. I'm tapering down to 4 mg pred. (having had PMR for two and a half years), but he wants to put me on Methotrexate as a steroid sparer. Does that mean that eventually I'll be on Methotrexate to control the PMR instead of Pred? What are the advantages? Also he suggested I took Ibuprofen for pain relief and Omerprazole to prevent stomach ulcers. If Ibuprofen works for PMR why are we prescribed Pred. when we get PMR? I'd be grateful for any answers. I'll be going to my GP next week for the results of my blood tests and will ask her what she thinks too, but I feel I need to understand more before I decide whether to follow my rheumy's suggestions when I see him in 2 months time. Many thanks.