I was diagnosed with PMR in May 2013 and have had numerous ups and downs with Prednisolone. My rheumatologist prescribed methotrexate two years ago to help me to reduce the steroids.
I am now on 1.5 mg daily, plus 15mg methotrexate (reduced from 20 in May on rheumatologist's advice due to side effects) weekly. I sought advice from this forum a few months ago (thank you, everyone!) and have been taking the reduction very slowly. This has been going well.
I should have seen my rheumatologist last week, but after 3 changes the appointment was cancelled and I await a new date 😡. I wanted to raise a new issue with her, which is that over the last month or so my arms are stiff and painful between shoulder and elbow. This improves with exercise but doesn't go away entirely. My arms are also quite weak, although I continue to swim, walk, do yoga regularly and have an active life. I'm in Cyprus at the moment, until mid October, and the heat has made no difference.
I'm not sure if this is PMR related, as my hips/thighs are okay and felt fine this morning after an hour's walk. With flares I've had before, my thighs have been very stiff and I've been unable to walk for long.
Do you think the problem is PMR related? I'd like your advice, please.