Hello I'm 60 years old. My rheumatologist thought I had PMR four months ago and started me on15 mg , the pred reduced pain and stiffness about 50% and for some reason he started tapering down to zero and I was in excruciating pain for weeks while he did all these other diagnose, the DR was going another direction thinking it could be other arthritic conditions, however I feel I have all the classic symptoms of PMR and told him on Friday he has to get me back on it... My ESR is 39 my CRP is 44 a week ago.... If you were a RHEUMY doctor ...what would you recommend my starting MG should be. Otherwise I'm healthy , was very active before, I have a good diet and had no side affects to PRED . I weigh 76 KG and 86CM tall.... I've tried Paleo diet for months ,reduced alcohol intake and all kinds of supplements for anti-inflammatory nothing helped... Also he gave me Naproxen and that did nothing. This has been really a tough few months-but last Friday he agreed with me and I'm starting on Pred now again...I hope it works!
My pain was a 9 most days. Pain in hips, low back, upper back, the whole chest area , excruciating if I did a little sneeze, my neck was very stiff and sore, not my rotator cuffs, but my clavicles at the base of my neck were very sore and tender---- so it was all the pain in the chest area and clavicle area that the DR was taking a different direction to the PMR -- but I thought PMR can still affect those areas( anyone had a similar pain areas?) Raising arms, rolling over in bed, crazy pain and stiffness for the first 4 hours on the day, and all the other classis issues I have....
Wondering what MG prednisone you would have suggested for me for my re- start.
Lets see what the consensus is.
Thanks to all the great people on here-- thanks for your heartfelt support!