I had one TKR in my 60’s and the second one in my mid-70’s. Both are totally successful but the recovery was much faster with the first one. As a result I am active and weight isin control.
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My rheumatologist put me on 30 mg for a week, then 25mg for a week lowering 5 mg a week until 15 mg. Then the dosage was lowered 2 1/2 mg a month. I was on prednisone for 10 months. In addition I took 2 hydroxy chlorofoquine sulphate 200mg from the beginning and still take them. Rheumatologist said they would make it easier to get off prednisone. I have been free of PMR for 3 years after suffering for 2 years thinking I had rotator cuff injury. Just saw the Rheumatologist and he wants me to stay on the hydroxy to prevent a recurrence. Good luck.
My rheumatologist had me on 30 mg for a week and then 20mg, then 15 for a month. I was on continuing lower doses for a month at a time for a year. Ask if you need higher doses to shut it down.
Water aerobics in a warm pool plus 10 minutes in a hot tub helps. I try to walk every day. I think diet also helps. I try to limit preservatives, red meat and alcohol. Sugar is the hardest but I agree important. Thank you for answering everyone’s questions. The Mayo site has been a huge help. 3 years ago I thought I had rotator cuff issues and my family doctor had never had a patient with poly rheumatica. I asked her to test for the CRP.
I was put on 30mg prednisone for one week, then went to 20mg for a week and then the dosage was lowered each week /month over 9 months. As well my rheumatologist has me on 200mg hydroxychlorquine sulfate. I was on 2 a day and went back to one a day. After 2 years felt poly was returning and went back to two a day. So far seems to do the work. Have CRP tested every 6 months with regular blood work. When first diagnosed it was 47.