FAQ - Polymyalgia rheumatica
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I would like to answer a subject relating to prednisolone and alcohol?

It is a question that has long ago been resolved but, I am taking 10mg of prednisolone a day for polymyalgia. Last week I checked up with our local pharmacist who said that alcohol in moderation was perfectly alright, as long as I did not get tipsy. I just thought I would let you know.

No amount of alcohol is ok with Prednisolone. The pharmacist is way off by telling you that you can drink as long as you don't "get tipsy." Prednisolone is a steroid, and any steroid when mixed with alcohol can be damaging to you stomach. I'd ask your doctor about it before you take the word of a pharmacist.  (+ info)


I have recently been diagnosed with polymyalgia- it is so hard to deal with- I do not want to take the nasty prednesone pills that the doc has set up for me- IS there an alternative med that doesn't attack some other organ?
I hear that prednesone is a carcinogen, it destroys bone, and causes fatigue- almost as bad as the polymyalgia.

http://www.chestjournal.org/cgi/content/full/115/3/886 here's a link for you which might give you information

But how old are you, normally people wont get it before an age of approx 65 years, so maybe you'd change your doctor!  (+ info)

i have polymyalgia, take 10 mg of predisone aday,does the prednisone fight infection or just control pain?

my sed rate is 45,up from 8 a year ago,does the prednisone
only reduce the pain in my body,or does it help fight the infection,if not,what medications are there that will help to reduce the sed rate in my body,my doctor had no answer for me. i have had this for 2 years,my doctor first put me on 80mg
of prednisone,this was to much,my face blew up and i was sick
continually,my husband told the doctor to reduce the prednisone to 10 mg a day,since than i have had no pain,but my sed rate has esculated.i came down with this condition 2 years ago when i slipped on the ice and injured my head,my husband took me to our doctor,and he said,just a large bump on your head,it will go away,the bump was 3 inches in diameter and stuck out over an inch,it turned black and green
within 1 minute. 3 days later i was taken to emergency for
the worse overall body pain that i have ever experienced,that is when they told me i had polymyalgia.any meds that can reduce the sed rate,please let me know

I have RA and was put on Predisone..since I've been on predisone it has made me very depressed and i have bad mood swings not to mention...i have gained weight.. Predisone just controlls the pain. In my opinion I think Predisones side effects are much worse then my arthritis pains. I am currently trying to get off it.  (+ info)

info required on illness polymyalgia?

nhs web site or other web siteswith any relevant info

I presume you mean polymyalgia rheumatica. This is a NHS website leaflet:

http://www.patient.co.uk/showdoc/23068806/  (+ info)

I'm having pain in my upper arms and thighs. Has anyone else had these symptoms before?

I went to a Rheumatologist who told me I could have a viral infection or what they call Polymyalgia Rheumatica or some other autoimmune disease. I was tested for Arthritis, lupus, ummm oh a lot of stuff and nothing has shown up.

I would need to know your exact symptoms and tests to help you understand what is happening, write to me, good luck  (+ info)

Polymyalgia and im 23?

I'm 23 and i am getting this, there is no family history. I know these things start somewhere but im only 23.. I have pain in my neck, hips, arms shoulders, and stiffness in these areas also.
I was given steroids for 3 weeks and i am currently reducing them down to one a day and have 1 and half weeks left with just one tablet a day. My symptoms went away while i was taking a higher dose but they are slowly coming back. I've been getting physio but its hard to keep up with exercises to keep me Mobile as i work 9-5 and have to make up my hours i have off work for going to appointments so some times im at work 9-7 and its horrid as im in pain all the time.
any one else had/have this nasty condition

No idea actually, I found this site for you.  (+ info)

With reference to previous questions about Prednisone?

My wife is taking this medication for"Poly-Myalgia-Rheumatica," what is the cause of this problem and where does it come from.I wish to thank people for taking time to answer previous questions concerning this and red blood spots on arms large and small.

Sounds like this is caused by autoimmunity, when her body is reacting against itself and attacking it. Prednisone is a steriod that might help with this.  (+ info)

I have multiple health issues. I added details below. Serious responses only, please.?

Polymyalgia Rheumatica, Fibromyalgia, spinal spontenous, neuropathy, emergency colostomy, extreme spine/hip/leg/feet/hand pain, nerve damage from a fractured L-4&5 , degenerative osteoartheritis, vision difficulties, major depression, post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and ADD. Any help for dealing with this and still remain active? I take various medicines, follow a sensible diet and do physical therapy. Recently, the pain has increased and I am having great difficulty moving around and I am trying to remain independent. I have various doctors/specialists and each tell me to rest/relax and recover and this is hard for me because all of this hit sudden and I am normally active. Any help, suggestions, recommendations are appreciated. Please be advised that I do seek therapy and I am responding and learning any and all techniques provided. I just want to be alive again or the best that I can be with the disabilities. The colostomy is the most recent with additional pain.

My first husband, got into an accident and became paralyzed, before this happen are sex life was the best and we had fun doing things, after the accident, he wanted me to leave him and find a new life, I couldn't believe what he was saying, I told him that I married him for better or worse, I would never leave now when he needs me the most. Well two years later, I did leave because I couldn't take the verbal abuse any longer, he became so hateful, and mean, constantly telling me to get out, and calling me names, degrading me because I was normal, I couldn't take it, please don't become that kind of person is the best advise I can give you, you're still alive, and you can be happy, give it some time, you have a lot going on right now but when you have all your ducks in a row, you'll see that there is life in you, best of luck  (+ info)

DOCTOR FRANK i need you?

hi dr.frank.my mum(57)has had polymyalgia rheumatica for 2 and a half years now.she got it just after being bitten by a dog.she had a tetanus but within a day was very ill chronic sickness and diaorrhea,and then got the pmr.
now she also suffers(5yrs)from depression and has just been prescribed amitryptiline(?)anyway she was told yesterday that she has an infection of the white blood cells!!!what is this and what causes it and is it related to the pmr?the steroids are not working for the pmr and she is in so much pain she can barely walk.can you suggest anything and what should she be asking the doctor.please help,thanks,rebecca.xxx
yes of course pretty pink,but dr.frank is better qualified to advise me.

I can't see any link between the dog bite and the polymyalgia, nor specifically her depression, though this might be reactive to her pain. Steroids are used to treat polymyalgia to suppress the immune system, this is because the condition is one of a group called auto-immune diseases. The steroids do effect the whole immune system and the patient is at risk of developing infections, this is perhaps the link to the abnormal white blood count. You don't get an infection of white blood cells, but they react to and indicate that infection is present somewhere in the body. I guess all I can suggest Rebbecca is that you need to know where and what that infection actually is. As regards to her poor response to steroids,are they failing to keep her ESR down? I assume because she is not responding to the standard therapy that she has been referred to a rheumatologist. Other options might be other immune suppressants such as cyclophosphamide.  (+ info)

What will happen when I finish a course of steroids...?

After many months of pain in my left arm, I was recently diagnosed with Polymyalgia Rheumatica (rheumatism in muscle). Before this, I was given tablet after tablet and none of them worked. My doctor eventually prescribed a course of steroids (72 tablets over a week). For the first time since November last year, I have been free from pain. I finish the course tomorrow but am worried that the pain will then return. Has anyone any knowledge of this complaint. I have found some information but it doesn't actually say that it is something curable. Thanks.


Poly Myalgia Rheumatica (Poly=Many Myalgia= Muscle Aches

That's only a rough translation - but you get the gist.

PMR is a chronic auto immune condition so it is likely to recurr when the steroids are stopped. Your doctor's aim will be to find what the minimum dose of steroids to control your symptoms is - and then you should remain on this dose.

Steroids have both long term and short term side effects - so keeping on the minimum dose required will hopefully help reduce symptoms.

It may be worth a trial without the steroids just to prove diagnosis (maybe what your doctor is doing)- but sadly it is almost certain your symptoms will come back within a week or so of stopping them.

I hope this helps


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