Hi to all! I am 73 and was diagnosed with PMR about 4.5 months ago. My rheumatologist put me on 30 mg of prednisone for 10 days, 25 mg for 10 days and 20 mg for 10 days, along with calcium, vit. D/K2 and pantoprazole. First dose was like a miracle and within 4 hours I was pain free. After one month on prednisone, my blood tests went back to normal and my DEXA scan showed borderline osteopenia/osteoporosis. My rheumatologist prescribed AA, never took it. He also told me his reduction plan: to alternate 20/10 mg of prednisone for two weeks and then to stay on 10 mg up to the next appointment in July. Instead to follow his risky plan, I used DSNS method ( one day new dose, four days old dose......etc.) to reduce from 20 mg to 15/12.5/11.25. I am now reducing from 11.25 mg to 10 mg. So far, so good. No pains.
I am very grateful I found this forum at the start of my PMR journey . I want to say a big “thank you” to all, for everything I have learned here. And many thanks to PMRpro who created DSNS method I have used. I never felt unwell during the tapering.
My question is how long did you stay on 10 mg of prednisone? I know the recommendation of Bristol group to stay on 10 mg for a year, but my initial dose was higher, so I am not sure.