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Fri, May 15 5:22pm · Prednisone and cholesterol levels in Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR)

No the sample was taken in the afternoon

Fri, May 15 12:20pm · Prednisone and cholesterol levels in Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR)

A blood sugar was not part of the exam. I have asked if it were possible to check that. My ratio has always been good, but this result doesn’t include that…I don’t understand why. Thanks for your help.

Thu, May 14 8:02pm · Prednisone and cholesterol levels in Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR)

My cholesterol has shot up since taking prednisone. Has anyone else experienced this? My triglycerides are really high. I haven’t gained weight. I exercise/walk. My diet is low carb…no desserts, mostly egg whites, vegetables and protein. I have a small glass of wine with dinner…I can stop that. I have heard 3 tsp of Metamucil can lower cholesterol. Currently I am taking 15 mg of prednisone daily and my inflammatory markers have returned to normal. Will this resolve itself when I am on a really low dose?

Mon, Mar 2 7:38am · Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR): Meet others & Share Your Story in Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR)

Her only suggestion was alternate doses between 20 and 17.5 daily. I only have 5 mg tablets. I will ask her for some one mg tabs. Thanks again!

Did you have any blood tests during your treatment? Are there recommendations for blood work?

Sun, Mar 1 5:00pm · Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR): Meet others & Share Your Story in Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR)

Hello, I have been reading the descriptions of everyone’s journey with PMR.

I am 73 and have always been very active until last August when I began to experience incredible stiffness in the morning.… then pain in my neck, shoulders and groin and thighs. I joked that I must have fibromyalgia! I was a runner and running became increasingly difficult with swelling and pain in my right knee. The health professionals wanted to know what I did to my knee. I told them “nothing” and that running started being a problem because of neck and shoulder pain. Of course, the knee became the focus of treatment and it was drained and injected with steroids.

In November, I started physical therapy and began daily exercises which were exhausting, although not even that strenuous. I was treated for rotator cuff and hip flexor issues…all viewed as collateral problems from limping around on a bad knee. The therapist advised me not to anything until the inflammation died down. I could not reach above my waist and getting in and out a car, or moving in bed was excruciatingly difficult. Inflammation?!!

Finally, I did a google search for neck, shoulder and hip pain.…and bingo! Here we are. I made an appointment with my PCP. My sed rate and C-reactive protein were markedly elevated. I was started on 15 mg of prednisone which didn’t work and was increased to 20 mg. Tapered to 17.50 mg without success. Alternating 20 and 17.5 also, without success. I am feeling like I might try 17.5 again since I am feeling pretty good.

I am following a strict diet of no sugar, high protein, low salt and 1300 calories a day. I take turmeric, boswelia extract, magnesium and collagen. I had a cheat day last weekend. The sticky steamed rice, apple cider and popcorn? affected me for 2 days! So, I believe diet is important! Before watching my calories, I had gained 4 pounds, that are now gone. I do tire with exertion, but rest and stay active alternately.

Luckily my life, otherwise, is stress free. I am waiting for a rheumatologist appointment, but UVA is not taking new patients and I may have to travel to Richmond, but no word on that yet.

I am also on levothyroxine, which was decreased at the same time. I was keeping my TSH on the low side when I felt great. But now I wonder if that may have triggered this inflammatory response in my body.

Thank-you, for this helpful, informative and supportive group!