I was diagnosed with PMR last Feb (I think I had it since Nov 2003), began on 20 mg prednisone and down to 7, no problem, but from there on it has been extremely difficult. I added Vioxx in May on my internist's suggestion and now I am off prednisone for the first day, hope it continues. But I do have a lot of stiffness and aches but not so bad I can't go on or exercise (yoga is agony). I have had 2 rheumatologists and find them pretty useless. My internist has been much more practical and creative about things to try.