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Life has a funny way of throwing curveballs; sometimes, they come in the form of health issues that alter the course of your daily routine.  This is the story of my encounter with Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR), a condition that I had never heard of before it affected me.

One morning, it all started without any warning.  The simplest tasks, like getting dressed, suddenly became an arduous ordeal.  Putting on my trousers felt like participating in a fierce gym class session.  The stiffness was so intense that I had to swing my trousers around my foot to get into them.  Who would’ve thought getting dressed could be so complicated?

I was an active person who loved going to the gym.  Suddenly, I could barely change my clothes, let alone indulge in a workout.  Visiting the shops, an activity I had always enjoyed, became a taxing endeavour that exhausted and frustrated me.

It felt as if I had been catapulted into old age overnight.  I was in pain and frustrated, and my quality of life rapidly deteriorated.

That’s when Dr Mahmud entered the picture.  After a series of tests, he diagnosed me with PMR.  Although hearing that I had a medical condition was alarming, it was also a relief to have a name for the symptoms that had disrupted my life so profoundly.

Dr Mahmud prescribed a course of treatment tailored specifically for me.  This marked the turning point in my journey with PMR.  The effectiveness of the therapy surprised me – the pain started to dissipate, the stiffness began to ease, and my strength slowly returned.

Today, I can proudly say that I am symptom-free.  Dressing up is no longer a struggle but a simple routine.  I can visit the shops, run errands, and I’ve returned to the gym!  I have regained control over my life, and it feels incredible.

My encounter with PMR has taught me a lot about resilience and the power of proper medical intervention.  If you’re reading this and struggling with similar symptoms, remember you’re not alone; there is help out there.  Don’t hesitate to seek medical advice.  A doctor’s intervention brought me back from the brink and allowed me to reclaim my life from PMR.

I share my story, hoping it will bring comfort and strength to anyone struggling with similar health issues.  Remember, the journey to recovery might be challenging, but it is worth it.

Stay tuned for more stories about my journey with PMR and tips for living a fulfilling life with this condition.