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Old 12-04-2007, 04:38 PM   #1
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Polymyalgia Rheumatica and can't take prednisone

My 72 year old mother has recently been diagnosed with Polymyalgia Rheumatica . She has numerous medical problems including Retinitis Pigmentosa and she is almost totally blind. Her doc put her on pred which helped her symptoms but her eye sight got so bad she had to stop taking the prednisone. The doc has her now on nsaids and it doesn’t appear to be doing much. Does anyone have any suggestions about what she could try or discuss with her doc another treatment that might help her? What about heat or cold paks?? Creams or lotions? Alternative meds or natural supplements? Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 12-05-2007, 09:09 PM   #2
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Re: Polymyalgia Rheumatica and can't take prednisone

Hi there,

My 75 year old dad has just been diagnosed with this and I had never heard of it. He says it's fairly rare and from what I've read it can be self limiting and not life threatening which was a relief. I'm going to pass on the info you just gave about your mother.

I wish her the best!


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