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Can Polymialga Rheumatica be associated with a ruptured silicone implant?

By Anonymous March 19, 2018 - 8:50am
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I experienced Polymialga Rheumatica 14 years ago and was treated with Prednisone for 1 year and then spent another year decreasing the amount to get weaned off the drug. Prednisone did give me relief but I experienced all the side effects associated with this drug. What other medications are available to take without experiencing the side effects from taking Prednisone? Does the condition worsen even if you start treating with medication when you first start feeling the desease? I do cardio excerise 5 days a week and also weights. Will this desease disappear after treating with medication as it did before? I'm desperate for pain relief but terrified of taking Prednisone because of so many terrible side effects.
Thank you for your help!

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Hello Anon

Thank you for writing.

Ruptured silicone implants (as I am sure you know) have caused a plethora of illnesses. Whether it caused yours is not for us to say and you'd be very hard pressed to get a straight answer from a plastic surgeon - they'd likely deny that silicone implants have any side effects.
However, the connection between the implants and auto-immune conditions can't be denied.
I assume your implants are long gone? Many women see an improvement in their health after the implants have been taken out.

I understand the fear of taking Prednisone - it also has terrible side effects on me and my doctor knows it has to be an incredibly serious situation before I would ever take it again.
Unfortunately, this kind of steroid is the one needed to treat your Polymialga Rheumatica. Other anti-inflammatories generally don't work.
There is the option of staying on a low dose for a couple of years - did your symptoms (side effects) get better when your dose was lower?

March 19, 2018 - 2:23pm
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