The blood tests showed this to be negative but I still cannot stand from a low seat or step and cannot walk up and down stairs with ease. I have severe pain in my upper thighs and shoulders and my vision is deteriorating.
Since your test was negative for Polymyalgia Rheumatica, it may be worth getting more tests in case the diagnosis isn't correct.
Polymyalgia Rheumatica is known for pain in the neck, hips or shoulders; marked generally by a very sudden onset. Your negative test and vision trouble could mean you have something else.
For Polymyalgia treatment,steroids (usually Prednisone) are prescribed at a low oral dose, which frequently must be taken for 2-3 years. The majority of people have some relief within only a couple days. If you've tried this treatment without success, or decide to try it out (unless you have a corticosteroid sensitivity, then it's pretty safe to just take a few days worth to see if it's helpful - with your doctor's knowledge of course), the lack of help from prednisone (if it doesn't work - hopefully it does) could also show your doctor you're in need of more testing to really get to the bottom of your debilitating pain.
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