In the process of preparing for a hip replacement surgery, they found that I have Polymyalgia Rheumatica 3 weeks ago. I was in such debilitating pain, so the Prednisone really has helped the PMR.
Unfortunately, the orthopedic surgeon will not do the hip replacement surgery until I get my Prednisone dosage down to about 5mg per day. This is because Prednisone slows the healing process, and diminishes the immune system.
My Rhumatologist is lowering my dosage from 20mg per day to 5 over about a 4 month period to avoid the PMR symptoms from returning.
Does anyone have experience with surgery while on Prednisone for PMR? My hip is really in terrible pain, and I need a walker to get around. Needless to say, I cannot work until I get the hip surgery. Thanks in advance for any advice!