I am in my 4th year of PMR and have had one relapse in that time. At my last visit in April, my rheumatologist suggested that I should be weaned off Prednisolone by September and I am currently taking 2mg of Prednisolone for two months, reducing to 1mg for 2 months and then stopping altogether. The thought of reducing the dosage to zero made it a target I thought was in my means of reaching. I do have to rely on anti-inflammatories for pain but my monthly blood results show that the PMR has abated. I had also gained a stone in weight in the 4 year period so I decided to take some exercise alongside the steroid reduction and started with a gentle cycle ride on a flat route last week to see how I could cope. I felt fine afterwards, if a little stiff for 24 hours, which is natural after relying on walking and gardening in the past. On Monday I started a course of 6 weekly l hour Pilates classes as a beginner and afterwards felt like I had just had a workout when I got home. Marvellous, I thought. However, the next day the stiffness in my body came back, the heavy-leg syndrome has returned and I am tired all the time. I may be overreacting after only three days but the symptoms have not gone away and in the back of my mind I am worried that I am doing too much too soon and may be sending myself towards another relapse. Has anyone experienced similar after-effects from Pilates or any other exercise at this stage in their illness/steroid reduction?
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