Steroid therapy for polymyalgia rheumatica should make the patient feel better within days rather than weeks.
Monitoring recommendations for GC treatment vary depending on the duration of treatment and dose intensity. Recommended baseline monitoring includes serum glucose, lipid profile, and bone mineral density. After treatment begins, blood pressure, weight gain, visual changes, shortness of breath, edema, and polydipsia (excessive thirst) also should be checked during each physician visit. Additionally, if chronic long-term treatment with steroids is used, bone mineral density should be monitored at least