I just got your response to my posting about temporal arteritis one year ago. Don’t know what happened, but I appreciate your response even though I am past needing it now. Still if there is someone else out there seeking help as I was a year ago, I would like to offer my experience. I was on Prednisone for almost a year, beginning with 60 mgm/day with gradually decreasing doses reduced as long as my sed rate (sedimentation rate) stayed in the normal range. I did find the prednisone to be very debilitating. I knew that I had to take the pred because , untreated, the disease could cause me to go blind. I still don’t know what other effects the disease alone might have. I was extremely weak. Walking from the bedroom to the couch or kitchen wore me out. I would not take a shower when I was alone. I never had to have help, but but often did not know if I could stand up that long without help. As is probably to be expected, I had some depression. A part of that was because I could find out so little about what to expect and how long I would have to be on the prednisone. My doctors thought that my weakness and fatigue came more from the side effects of prednisone than from the disease itself. I went off the prednisone in 10 months, but my sed rate went up and I had to go back on a low dose for 3 weeks. I have been off since March 15 and am doing well. My legs are not all the way back yet, but, otherwise, I feel totally well. I was off my feet so long that the legs need exercise to build back up. I’m working on that. The good news is that this, too, does pass. I was diagnosed quickly, which is not always the case, and did not have the severe headaches that some have experienced. To be honest, I think I got off easy to what it could have been.