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Suggest treatment for Polymyalgia Rheumatica

I have recently been on prednisone for polymyalgia rheumetica. An effect has been that my arms have the appearance of a soli black bruise. This is not caused by bumping into anything, sometimes I wake up in the morning with another huge black area. Is there any treatment to mitigate this effect?
Tue, 5 May 2015
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Hello,
Welcome to the magical world of health care,
I went through your query, and Steroid medication (corticosteroids) is the preferred treatment for polymyalgia rheumatica. Don't suddenly stop taking steroid medication unless a doctor in charge of your care tells you it's safe to do so. Suddenly stopping treatment with steroids can make you feel very ill.Some people are prescribed immunosuppressant medication, such as methotrexate. This is used to reduce or suppress the immune system (the body's defence against infection and illness). It may be helpful for people with polymyalgia rheumatica who have frequent relapses or don't respond to normal steroid treatment.
Your doctor may recommend painkillers, such as paracetamol, or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), to help relieve pain and stiffness while your dose of prednisolone is reduced.
I hope my advice would have been useful, in decision making regarding your treatment, still if you have any clarifications or doubts feel free to contact back.
Thanks.
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Suggest treatment for Polymyalgia Rheumatica

Hello, Welcome to the magical world of health care, I went through your query, and Steroid medication (corticosteroids) is the preferred treatment for polymyalgia rheumatica. Don t suddenly stop taking steroid medication unless a doctor in charge of your care tells you it s safe to do so. Suddenly stopping treatment with steroids can make you feel very ill.Some people are prescribed immunosuppressant medication, such as methotrexate. This is used to reduce or suppress the immune system (the body s defence against infection and illness). It may be helpful for people with polymyalgia rheumatica who have frequent relapses or don t respond to normal steroid treatment. Your doctor may recommend painkillers, such as paracetamol, or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), to help relieve pain and stiffness while your dose of prednisolone is reduced. I hope my advice would have been useful, in decision making regarding your treatment, still if you have any clarifications or doubts feel free to contact back. Thanks.