I looked up polymyalgia rheumatica at www.arthritis.org after reading lovestosing51's post. The nurse-practioner told me she thought I had it a few months ago even though I had a firm FM diagnosis in 2005. She prescribed predinisone, and my symptoms improved dramatically. When I saw my regular rhematologist the following week, it seemed like he scoffed at her diagnosis. But during that same visit, he prescribed methotrexate and told me to stay on a low dose of the steroids. I am doing great now, and the arthritis site says if you improve with steroids and methotrexate, you don't have FM. However, I still have hallmark symptoms of FM. Now I don't know what to think. There are some really scary things that frequently accompany PR. Maybe it is as I posted before: it doesn't matter what the diagnosis is - I just want to feel better. And maybe things are not as cut-and-dried as the medical profession makes them out to be. I think I am going to do the one thing that really makes a doc crazy and take the PR article in to show him on my next visit.
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