However, a simple (and recommended by rheumatologists too) trick is to try a short course of pred at 15 or 20mg (absolute max) and if the symptoms respond to 70% within a few days it is very likely to be PMR, if it doesn't then it needs a specialist as it could be atypical PMR (very likely if it is PMR as you are young) or something else amongst the range of illnesses that should be ruled out to make a diagnosis of PMR, A higher dose would cause some other things to respond too, hence the lowish trial dose, only PMR would respond so promptly to that challenge. A few days of pred to see will do no harm at all.
Hello babasc52 I went to see my doctor 10 times and she did not pick up on Graves disease I went down to 5stones did not stop eating if I ate a Mars bar within an hour I passed a Mars bar food was going though my system so fast I had to be in close vacinity to a lavatory all the time. My heart was beating so fast I was shaking from head to foot and I couldnt lay down sat up in bed proped up with pillows. My periods did not stop so the doctor decided I needed an hysterectomy. Like you I did not stop working washing ironing etc at my workplace I was testing telephone lines three times as fast as the other technicians. It was only when my DR. was on leave and I saw her partner he realized what was wrong and ordered a different blood test the day after I saw him I had an emergency appointment at the North Middlesex Hospital. Because my condition was not picked I have spent the last thirty years with problems. Dont leave it get a second opinion. Unlike my mother I did not get bulging eyes or a lump in my throat and that is what most GP look for but we do not all follow the text book.