What is the goal when first diagnosed with PMR?
A couple of months ago I was diagnosed with PMR and was prescribed methylprednisolone 4 mg twice a day (equivalent to 10 mg of prednisone). Two months later into my treatment I'm still experiencing mild aches and pains.
A month into taking methylprednisolone my CRP and ESR showed no inflammation but a week later at an unrelated ER visit my blood work showed high CRP and ESR.
My two questions are:
Is the goal of prednisone treatment to simultaneously be pain free as well as normalizing CRP and ESR inflammatory markers?
Or is the main focus to just normalize CRP and ESR inflammatory markers?