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@johnbishop

Hello @charlena, You will notice I changed the title of your discussion a little to reflect your main question. I'm sorry to hear that the prednisone no longer seems to be helping your husband PMR. Here's an article you may find helpful – "Polymyalgia rheumatica is an inflammatory condition that causes a particular pattern of joint pain and stiffness, most commonly in older people. It is a rheumatic disorder closely associated, and often co-existing, with giant cell arteritis. Diagnosis is based on the patient’s clinical features, supported by laboratory investigations." — Polymyalgia rheumatica: Look before you leap: https://bpac.org.nz/BPJ/2013/June/polymyalgia-rheumatica.aspx

If I am understanding you correctly, does your doctor think your husband still has PMR but the prednisone no longer helps, or does the doctor think it might be something else? There are other conditions that mimic polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) but a rheumatologist normally makes the diagnosis. Was your husband seen by a rheumatologist?

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Prednisone was discontinued due to his elevated sugar level.

His doctor is a rheumatologist. He has an appointment on Monday, and I will be allowed to go with him. I am hoping that this group can help me ask the doctor the right questions. I have contacted his internist and asked that he confer with the rheumatologist about this condition to determine if he needs to change his diabetes medication.

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