Hi Richard my name is Roland & what you went through & now going through it was the same with me. I will be turning 79 in a few weeks & my PMR came on 4 years ago in my shoulders, hips & neck started with 20 mg of pred. & tapered off. Now here it is 4 years later & I am on 1 mg/day due to my wrist & fingers hurting especially in the AM. I also was & still am in good shape working out, snow skiing riding my bike & gym work. Yes a strange beast but seeing there is at the moment no cure the only thing we can do is rely on prednisone & most important working out it helps not only staying in shape but it is much easier to deal with the pain.