I've had PMR for about three years. Last year I was finally able to reduce down to 5 mg of prednisone. I've been on 5 mg for about 4 months, and I've been feeling pretty good until recently. Since I've been worried about my osteopenia, I signed up for a "Women on Weights" class at the YMCA. Big mistake. The weight exercises caused pain and stiffness in my left (replaced) hip and wondered if I'd done damage to my fake hip joint. My doctor said that I just had bursitis and sent me to physical therapy. The therapist said I had a weak gluteus medius muscle, not bursitis. So quit the weight class, and I've been doing PT exercises to strengthen this muscle on the outer part of the hip.
These exercises are quite strenuous. I've been doing them faithfully, but my hips have been stiff and sore ever since I started almost 2 months ago. So I keep asking myself--am I stiff because of exercises or is PMR rearing its ugly head again? The pain and stiffness seem like they're in a different spot from when I had the worst of my PMR. But it's been over 3 years since I had extreme PMR stiffness; I just don't remember that clearly.
I imagine it's hard to give advice, especially because I can't tell the difference between PMR and muscle pain/stiffness. For the past week, I quit doing my exercises to see if the stiffness would subside. I also tried taking 5 extra mg of prednisone one day. No matter what I do, the stiffness doesn't go away.
This is totally confusing to me. If anyone has any advice, I would certainly appreciate it. Thank you!!!