I have been diagnosed with Polymyalgia Rheumatica, symptoms and pain persist even on meds

My age is 61.I have been diagnosed with pmr for 2.5 years. I was on prednisone all different mg,from 60 to 5. I have never been without pain in the past 2.5 years. I am presently on 900mg of gabapentin and 1200mg of ibuprofen. The Dr’s have mentioned neuropathy. Unfortunately I have no insurance so expensive test I really can’t have yet. My symptons are: have difficulty going up and down stairs,difficulty getting up from chairs, my hands ,fore arms go numb and makes it difficult to use hands and causes a deep burning pain. When I go to bed my hips and thighs go numb and cause pain so I am turning all night. This happens on both sides. I have pain in my feetc. Sometimes shooting pains and sometimes up the back of heels which causes me to limp. Please help. These symptons still exist even on meds.


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Dr Ahmed Fawzy
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Dr Ahmed Fawzy
In my opinion it is all the same If you do nerve conduction velocity no new drugs will be prescribed however doctor will probably prescribe vitamin b 12 intramuscular Also all your symptoms can be caused by pmr directly or indirectly like for example artheritis in lumber vertebra can cause neuropathy ( shooting pain in your legs) If u wana reduce pain you need to realize that pmr damage is done and try to fix it by physical therapy and postural adjustment like for example your ankle pain can be reduced by leaning forwards while walking or wearing an arch… Read more »
Dr. Ayman Darrag
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Dr. Ayman Darrag

Hi .
It aeema you need to see your doctor as the dose of steroids needs to be changed.
Generally the prognosis of your case is good so do not worry ..
Anti inflammatory gels can be used under ultra sound therapy.

Dr Mahaveer
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Dr Mahaveer

hi
this disease tends to have such symptoms in varying intensity. taking steroids for longer periods of time can cause serious side effects. try avoiding it.
physiotherpy,exercises,hot fomentation should be the mainstay of treatment.
thanks

shw12
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shw12

HI
I SUGGEST YOU TO TAKE SYMPTOMATIC TREATMENT, DEPENDING UPON THE SITE OF PAIN,USE PAIN KILLERS. KEEP IN MIND THE POSSIBILITY OF AUTO IMMUNE DISEASE.
CONSULT A ENDOCRINOLOGIST.

mrsshalini14
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mrsshalini14

hello there
you are taking medicines that work temporarily. Take DMARDs,these modify the disease process to some extent and help control the disease at cellular level so that you won’t need to take painkiller medicines in high doses.

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