My quick tour through the PMR world has been interesting, and you folks have helped me understand a lot about this highly variable and often confounding diagnosis.
On Dec 31, 2018, I took my last 1 mg dose of Prednisone, after an 11 month taper.
I’m happy to report that at one year OFF prednisone, my “niggles” are much reduced and I’ve regained some muscle mass and strength. My wrists hardly hurt at all, and hand stiffness is greatly reduced. My hips are still stiff upon getting up from sitting, but that seems to be my new normal. My hair is growing in again (but no curls), and my weight (which only went up a little) is back to normal. All is good!
Wishing good things to all of you in the new year!