Live in Spotsylvania Virginia USA. Age 76. Love to golf - obviously! I’ve been hurting all over for quite a while and felt very weak, no stamina. Mostly quit golf several months ago. Don’t think my GP believed my story so I went to Physical Therapist to see if I could regain some strength and stamina. After three sessions which got more painful by the day I told him something must be broken and I had to quit.
He thought he might have accidentally done something which caused the great increase in pain so he referred me to an orthopedist. Pain was mostly in the hip at that time so he took an X-ray, no breaks. He didn’t see anything wrong so he sent me for an MRI which showed severe inflammation at the hip/quadricep connection and a large bursa in the muscle and recommended an injection in the hip. At my followup there was very little improvement. He then suspected Lyme Disease, prescribed Prednisone 40 mg for 4 days, 20 mg for 4 days etc down to 10 then 5 then 1 down to 1/2 mg and referred me to a Rheumatologist. When I saw her she asked a few questions, looked at the blood work and said PMR.
I had no idea what that was but when she explained it all the pieces fell into place. She put me on 10mg but that didn’t do much. When I was on 40mg for 4 days from the orthopedist the pain completely disappeared. I felt better than I had in years so I don’t like the pain returning. On 10mg it continued to hurt so I switched to 15mg. That helped for two days but this morning it was terrible.
I have a lot to learn so I love this forum. Promise my next post won’t be this lengthy!