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Just last week I was diagnosed with polymyalgia. Diagnosis was confirmed after weeks of stiffness in shoulders, neck, extreme pain in upper arms, hips & thighs. Finally last week I was admitted to hospital as I was practically unable to move. Diagnosis was made after a series of blood tests and intravenous steroids were given. I can't begin to explain the relief I felt within hours of receiving this medication however, now I'm super worried about the side effects of this medication. I was initially given 2 intravenous shots of 60mg over 2 days then discharged and told to take the same dose of predisnolone orally for a week reducing by 5mg weekly. The following day I was seen in the Rhumatology clinic and advised that this dose was too high and it was reduced to 15mg for a month then 12.5mg for one month and then reducing by 1mg monthy until stop. Knowing nothing about steroids I've spent the last week researching and have discovered they can have really nasty side effects. Can anyone please give me an idea on things like how common is GCA whilst on steroids or is it extremely rare, also weight gain and moon face are they inevitable for everyone ? I've had no side effects as yet but it's only day 9. I should add my blood pressure which was high last week has now returned to normal and I've list 6lbs in 9 days. I've also been really tired and am having the best sleeps I've had in years. Any info / advice is greatly appreciated.
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