This is my first post and I would like to say how helpful and informative I have found the blogs and replies. So thank you to all contributors.
From reading other PMR stories I am aware that I have got off relatively lightly with this condition since the prednisolone has worked for me.
I have had osteo-arthritis for a number of years and I know now that I had PMR from January 2011 but the GP sent me off on a few wild goose chases ( eg to a physiotherapist for exercises for frozen shoulders) before I was diagnosed and started the steroids and Alendronic Acid in September 2011. It is interesting to read how other contributors to this site are monitored since I just get a monthly prescription delivered to the local Boots. I phoned the surgery after 6 months and asked whether I should go in for any monitoring or a blood test and was told it wasn't necessary but just to keep to the reduction timetable sheet I had been given.
I was down to 3mg in the summer but had a flare up and increased the dose back up to 5mg a day. I am now back down to 3mg again and apart for the usual sweats etc. I am getting very regular (sometimes daily) headaches.
I have always had classical migraine starting with the aura and other visual disturbances but these are similar to migraine headaches that just creep on me without warning. Once the headache is established and I feel nauseous it feels just like a normal migraine (if there is such a thing!). I don't have any jaw pain or problems with my eyes so am not thinking of GCA.
Has anyone else experienced something similar. I have not been to the doctor since it is a large, anonymous group practice and I already have a prescription for Imigran.
Any advice would be welcome.