Hi, I'm recently diagnosed with PMR about a month ago. Fairly classic signs...woke up shoulders aching and upper thighs. Felt like I'd walked a hundred miles carrying a backpack. Symptoms didn't go away...much stiffness, one frozen shoulder and also fatigue.
I'm 51, have been fairy fit...jogging 2 miles twice a week, a bit of cycling and swimming. Quite robust, though have had 2 years of much emotional turmoil with various severe family illnesses and a bereavement. Thought everything was getting on an even keel again and now feel a bit of a physical wreck.
From these posts I can see that everyone's experience of PMR is very different, and some are in severe pain and greatly restricted mobility.
I'm at the lower end of the pain and restricted range, at the moment, at least. I can walk, drive, get dressed etc, but am in constant low grade muscle stiffness and pain...as if I've run ten marathons. The pain waxes ands wanes.
I have a prescription for preds but am reluctant because of side effects and I'm wondering if I can 'wait it out' by diet and lifestyle. Has anyone successfully done this?
I'm probably just coming to terms with having a crappy illness after a life of good health.