I’m after knowledge and advice for my mum please. She is 75 years old and was diagnosed with polymyalgia almost 4 years ago now. She was put on prednisolone by her GP, starting dose of 7 mg. Her GP is extremely hard to get hold of , often just telephone calls are offered, and he was never happy that she remain on the pred for long . She was gradually tapered off them but with less pred, more pain started up.
Just before March he wanted her off them completely. She came off them and didn’t see the Dr at all because of the Covid pandemic.
Now she is a terrible state, her shoulders, wrists and fingers are agonising. She can’t dress herself and lives alone but luckily my brother and myself live nearby. Her back often goes and she’s leaning far forward. She went to her GP last week but she says you can only talk about one ailment so she chose to talk about her back rather than going back onto steroids. She is due blood tests and a knee X-ray tomorrow .
Sorry for long post everyone but I wanted to really know if she should be on steroids again and can people take low doses for life?
I hate seeing mum in so much pain, she feels there’s no point to life if this is how it will be. Thank you so much.