My rheumy says I have developed polymyalgia rheumatica and that I need to stay But - I don't think it is RA, I think it's prednisone withdrawal.
Basics of polymyalgia rheumatica Polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) is a disorder that causes Treatment includes medications to help reduce inflammation as well as proper The usual dose of prednisone is between 10 and 20 mg per day.
Initial dose is 120 mg every 3–4 weeks, reducing by 20 mg every 2–3 months . Steroids may be stopped when the patient is asymptomatic from their Development of classification criteria for polymyalgia rheumatica.
After the first two to four weeks of treatment, your doctor may begin to gradually decrease your dosage depending on your symptoms and the results of blood tests. These files will have "PDF" in brackets along with the filesize of the download. It can also cause difficulty sleeping, problems focusing, decreased mental acuity, weight gain, lowered sex drive and, not surprisingly as a result of all the above, depression. Elevation of muscle enzymes such as creatine kinase and aldolase is not a feature of PMR and should prompt consideration of an alternative diagnosis. Over-the-counter pain medications, such as ibuprofen. Hope you see this, Eileen, as I am posting on an "old" post. The pain and stiffness may gradually spread to other.
One third of patients have flulike symptoms described as fever, malaise, anorexia, or weight loss. Patient - Trusted medical information and support. But I was told to make sure I take a calcium vitamin daily because pred may make your bones brittle. Change in fat distribution. Failure to Thrive in the Elderly. Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. It is crucial to exclude active infection, cancer and other predniskne conditions.