I am a 56 year old woman. I woke up on New Years Eve and found I could not get out of bed. I could not move my arms and could hardly walk, pain in groin and all down front of my legs. I also felt terribly tired and had a head cold type headache. My GP got me an a quick appointment with an Orthopedic Consultant, who luckily for me, thought I had PMR and not a back problem. A blood test ESR 27, confirmed and My GP started me on 15mg Prednisolone. What an amazing difference it made. The pain eased, stiffness disappeared, within days. After 4 weeks my blood tests returned to normal. I still had some discomfort and thought maybe I should be on a higher dose but my GP said I should reduce down to 14mg for 1 week and then 13mg the next week. The pain returned more and I felt generally unwell and very weepy. GP said go back up to 14mg. I am still aching and have a fuzzy flu-like headache. I feel I should be on an even higher dose. I am so worried I may have GCA. Especially, reading about the chance of going blind. I left my job. I was a carer and felt like I needed one myself, let alone care for other people. Am I expecting too much, too quickly.
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