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Thu, Mar 5 1:16am · Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR): Meet others & Share Your Story in Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR)

Go more slowly with the taper this time Greg, or you will end up back at 20 again and each time that happens it's harder to taper. I suggest you attempt to taper by 1mg to 10mgs, and then 0.5mgs from there, staying long enough at each new dose to adjust. Never taper in pain and remember, slow and steady. All the best.

Dec 18, 2019 · Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR): Meet others & Share Your Story in Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR)

I was diagnosed with PMR 12 months ago and initially prescribed 20mgs of prednisolone which worked almost instantly. I began the slow (although I now realise not slow enough) taper to 4mgs in July and experienced my first flare, so after some mucking about I finally increased to 10mgs and now I am on 7.5mgs. I have learnt that once below 10mgs, one should only reduce by .5mg at a time. I couldn’t believe that .5 would make a difference but it really does. I will stay at 7.5mgs pred until after Christmas and then attempt to taper some more.

Dec 18, 2019 · Diagnosed with PMR 2 1/2 years ago. How do I manage the extreme pain? in Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR)

I’m guessing that you don’t actually have PMR. Prednisolone is the only medication that takes the pain away and it will work if you are at the correct dose. Most start at 15mgs, but many like myself, at 20mgs. If it is PMR, you will feel relief quite quickly, in just a couple of days. It doesn’t “cure” the condition, but it treats the symptoms (pain) while PMR burns itself out, whenever that might be. Once on a dose that works for you, you can commence the long and slow taper to a dose that still works but is far less than the initial dose.

Sep 18, 2019 · How to address PMR pain while decreasing prednisone in Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR)

Agreed. They are bossy and forthright, but you will learn so much.

Aug 6, 2019 · How to address PMR pain while decreasing prednisone in Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR)

Thanks Beryl … good advice, I just have to learn to be patient. I just hate being on the prednisone.

Aug 6, 2019 · How to address PMR pain while decreasing prednisone in Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR)

Thanks John, I am going to check it out now. Much appreciated.

Aug 6, 2019 · How to address PMR pain while decreasing prednisone in Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR)

Thanks noosat1, I will check it out … always looking for more information in our struggle with this retched thing!