I am almost 67 and female. About 5 years ago I was diagnosed with PMR - with raised CRP and ESR. I was treated with steroids for a year and the symptoms settled. I do suffer from chronic depression.. I have had both hips replaced for osteoarthritis.
About six months ago I started getting pain in my thigh muscles, neck and shoulders, but blood tests were within normal limits. The pain has increased a lot now, symmetrically in both hips/thighs, , and I find it difficult to turn over in bed, or to walk far - although the pain lessens with walking, but worsens with prolonged sitting. Today is particularly bad. I also suffer from excessive tiredness.
Do you think I should request further blood tests? What if they are normal?
I know that I am at higher risk of side effects from steroids as I have type 2 diabetes (on Metformin) and high blood pressure (controlled by medication), also chronic depression with exacerbations from pain and stress. I was changed from simvastatin to bezafibrate at that time in case that was causing the muscle pain, then changed nearly three months ago to rosuvastatin with no improvement.
Ann (aka missrat)