Patient Comments: Polymyalgia Rheumatica - Treatment

What was the treatment for polymyalgia rheumatica in you or someone you know?

Comment from: Kevin, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: December 17

I am a 72 year male. Two years ago I contracted shingles which lasted for around 12 months then almost immediately I awoke one morning almost unable to move, very stiff and sore, particularly in both shoulders and I had difficulty lifting my arms above the shoulders. I had a steroid injection in each shoulder and that helped with the shoulders. Prednisone 15mg per day alleviated the other symptoms. Being an active lawn bowler I continued almost daily rollup practices as well as walking the dogs. The aches and pains vary slightly, but I have been able to reduce the prednisone to 10mg some 12 months after the onset. However, I still get very fatigued both physically and mentally after a full day on the bowling green. My BMI (body mass index) is good. My general health is ok and I am regular of meals and rest. The PMR (polymyalgia rheumatica) seems to be in a holding pattern, not getting better or worse. A hot shower, exercise and rest, plus a good night's sleep each day seems to be helping.

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Comment from: kreusing, 75 or over (Patient) Published: December 27

I was diagnosed with polymyalgia. I have been on prednisone for three days and I feel improved but not better. Years ago I had temporal arthritis and was given prednisone and woke up without pain. I understand that if you have one type the other can attack you years later. I also have anxiety and IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) which makes it difficult.

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