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PMR and herbs, dietary supplements

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

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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.

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@sharenb I have no medical training or background but my first occurrence of PMR took me a little over 3 years before I was able to taper off of prednisone which was started at a 20 mg dosage. The second occurrence of PMR six years later took me about 1-1/2 years before I was able to taper off and the PMR went into remission. I've never heard of an occurrence of PMR that only lasted a few months (not to say that it couldn't happen). I have no experience with injections given to treat PMR. Can you tell me what injection was given to help the PMR?

Here is an article that you may find helpful. 3 Strategies for Coping with Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR): https://www.arthritis-health.com/blog/3-strategies-coping-polymyalgia-rheumatica-pmr

Have you discussed the symptoms of your husband's difficulty going from sitting to standing with his doctor? When my PMR was active and I was in pain, it was difficult for me to go from sitting to standing and I also had to be careful sitting down.

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