It has recently been suggested by my chiropractor and my orthopaedic surgeon that I may have PMR. I am having an ultrasound to rule out any shoulder injuries. My ESR although still borderline but has gone up from a very low base of 3. My platelets are raised, which is suggestive of inflammation. I have had my CRP done today. I have not made an appointment to see my GP yet and am not due to see the rheumatologist until the end of June. How can I tell if this is just a minor flare or PMR? The shoulder pain is suggestive of PMR but the general aches and pains are fairly typical of a minor flare? I am really reluctant to increase my steroids again as the side effects make my life miserable but clearly I might not have a choice. I would be grateful if anyone can help?