My Four-Year Pmr & Prednisone Challenge: How Amrit Yoga Helped Me Overcome PMR (Polymyalgia Rheumatica) And Helped Me Deal With The Side Effects And Withdrawal Symptoms Of Prednisone Therapy

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My Four-Year Pmr & Prednisone Challenge: How Amrit Yoga Helped Me Overcome PMR (Polymyalgia Rheumatica) And Helped Me Deal With The Side Effects And Withdrawal Symptoms Of Prednisone Therapy

Having practiced yoga for more than thirty years, Audrey Pearson had always felt fit, strong, and flexible. Then one day in October of 2004, she awoke to flu-like symptoms, unable to move her limbs. These symptoms never decreased and only inflated. She was diagnosed with Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR), a mysterious autoimmune disease; and was treated with the steroid drug Prednisone. Written in diary format, My Four-Year PMR & Prednisone Challenge describes Pearson?s daily struggle not only with the disease but with managing steroid treatment and her painful journey of withdrawing from Prednisone use. She attributes her successful recovery to her long-term practice of yoga, a gentle way to optimize the flow of life energy to help a person feel their personal best at any given time. The yoga practices helped her understand the counterintuitive healing purpose of the presence of the autoimmune disease in her life. Though the four-year experience was difficult, Pearson realized that PMR was an important and strict teacher who arrived at her door to teach her tolerance and acceptance. In My Four-Year PMR & Prednisone Challenge, Pearson relates how PMR and Prednisone withdrawal was tolerated, embraced, and experienced as an opportunity for personal and spiritual transformation.

3 thoughts on “My Four-Year Pmr & Prednisone Challenge: How Amrit Yoga Helped Me Overcome PMR (Polymyalgia Rheumatica) And Helped Me Deal With The Side Effects And Withdrawal Symptoms Of Prednisone Therapy

  1. John F. Herbster
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A good companion for anyone on high dose prednisone therapy!, June 17, 2015
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    This review is from: My Four-Year Pmr & Prednisone Challenge: How Amrit Yoga Helped Me Overcome PMR (Polymyalgia Rheumatica) And Helped Me Deal With The Side Effects And Withdrawal Symptoms Of Prednisone Therapy (Paperback)
    I think that this and “Coping with Prednisone” are good companions for anyone on high dose prednisone therapy. Both are serious, but with a nice amount of humor.
  2. Linda C.
    6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Very Helpful for PMR Sufferers, February 15, 2014
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    This review is from: My Four-Year Pmr & Prednisone Challenge: How Amrit Yoga Helped Me Overcome PMR (Polymyalgia Rheumatica) And Helped Me Deal With The Side Effects And Withdrawal Symptoms Of Prednisone Therapy (Paperback)
    Getting a diagnosis of PMR is very unsettling; however, after the initial symptoms of debilitating pain, and the difficult journey to get to the definitive diagnosis, it is nice to know what is causing so much pain. Being told steroids (prednisone) is the only option is very frightening. Yes, less than 24 hours after taking 15mg I was pain free, but then comes the difficult decision to forego steroids given their horrible side effects. I stopped them out of fear. I know quite a few people who have a dx of Fibromyalgia, but I had never heard of PMR; the two are not to be confused. I appreciated reading the journal of another PMR sufferer and how she muddled through what to do. I can understand the lure of over-medicating with aspirin, iburprophen, etc.; it is erroneously done out of desperation to escape the pain. I appreciated knowing someone else with PMR; I could empathize, and I could learn from this author.
  3. medical maven
    13 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    A Sham—No scientific information–even her lab values are incorrect., December 28, 2009
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    This review is from: My Four-Year Pmr & Prednisone Challenge: How Amrit Yoga Helped Me Overcome PMR (Polymyalgia Rheumatica) And Helped Me Deal With The Side Effects And Withdrawal Symptoms Of Prednisone Therapy (Paperback)
    This is not written by a medical professional. This author was so stupid as to self medicate with more than 2000 mg of Aspirin–enough to kill herself. Do not take this information as bonafide. It’s expensive and has no value.

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