Having had bad hip pain since before Christmas I then developed bad pains down the backs of my arms and wrists so made an appointment with GP. I wanted to know what was causing it and if i was doing the right thing by working through the pain and still walking the dog or if it was making it worse. I am a normally fit person although I do have Scoliosis and pelvic tilt and I have been recovering from prolapse surgery. I am 71 and need to be fit as bringing up my nine year old grandson. GP was almost sure that from my symptoms I had PMR and gave me 15mg Prednisolone to take each morning. I had blood tests and was asked to return in a week.
After one week my symptoms had improved although hip pain still quite painful. The blood tests had come back normal-However the nurse had missed one that was quite important and would show if any infection so I need to have some more blood tests before next appointment which is in four weeks.
Having read on here about the importance of taking Vitamin D i asked GP and he advised I buy Vit D3 which I have but he felt my calcium levels would be ok if I had a good diet.
In my third week now on Prednisolone I am feeling a lot better but obviously still quite painful especially at night or if I try and rest. I stiffen up if I sit down. I also have terrible hot flushes but even though I take HRT this still happens-could this be part of PMR?
I am very lucky to have a supportive partner who even mucks out my horse's stable for me and carries heavy things like the hoover!
Is it usual to be referred at some stage to a rheumatologist or are most people just seeing a GP?