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PMR and herbs, dietary supplements

Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR) | Last Active: Sep 9, 2020 | Replies (5)

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Hello @sharenb, Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. Sorry to hear your husband is struggling with PMR. Thank you for being his advocate. PMR by itself is hard enough but also being a type two diabetic makes it much more difficult. My PMR is in remission but I take a liquid turmeric supplement and I do like an organic ginger turmeric tea that I've bought at Trader Joe's. I think the turmeric helps a little with the inflammation but if the PMR is active I don't think it helps that much. There is another discussion that you might find helpful.

PMR Diet: Foods to eat and avoid: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/diet-and-pmr/

@alanbruce, @beryl, @jallenaz and others may have some suggestions for you.

Is your husband on prednisone now? Is it helping with the pain and weakness?

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Oral prednisone was discontinued 6 days ago, and he was given a one-time injection. He is now taking Sulfasalazine. The oral and injected prednisone only helped for a few days. The swelling in his hands and feet has decreased. It is very difficult for him to go from sitting to standing. We are looking for suggestions for therapies, exercises, and assistive devices. He is 5’10”. Nine days ago he weighed 167 lbs. Today, he weighed 158.
He has been careful about restricting simple carbs from his diet. We will definitely start trying the recommendations described in the article.