I am 52. Diagnosed with piriformis syndrome (sciatica). In the last 6-8 months started having pain in my buttocks, front and back of thighs. Severe stiffness in the night and when I first wake up. I also get quite sore and stiff in the evenings if I am watching tv. My upper arms and neck are very sore. Hard to get up from crouching and difficult to get in and out of the car. Getting harder to climb stairs. I can barely touch my knees, never mind my toes. If I lie on my back on the floor I cannot extend my arms above my head. But The more I move the better I feel so I continue to walk daily as I have for 10 + years. I actually manage quite well during the day as long as I don’t overdue it. All my bloodwork is normal except a bit higher than normal CRP.
I am in Canada and cannot get into a rheumatologist for at least 18 months because I look pretty good on paper and physically. Our healthcare system is awful that way. So frustrating. I’m on CBD oil but so far no difference. My family doctor thinks I have polymyalgia and wants to try me on prednisone 25mg for 3-5 days just to see if I respond. She doesn’t want to do this until we know for sure the CBD oil won’t work as she would rather me be on that if it will help so we will wait a few more weeks.
Another note is I had a steroid shot in my butt for piriformis syndrome a few months ago. The strangest thing was all my pain went away for awhile, not just the sciatica! Especially noticed the pain went away in my shoulders although now it’s back.
So my question is whether this sounds like the picture of someone with Polymyagia and also does starting at 25 mg for 3-5 days sound reasonable?
Thank you for your support💜