My name is Michelle van der Merwe and I have been suffering from Polymyalgia rheumatica since 2010. Prednisone treatment accompanied by Methotrexate improved my condition but caused bad side effects including osteopaenia. In 2013 I came off all medication. In 2015 while living abroad for a year, I suffered a relapse and was placed on steroids to relieve the symptoms. Upon my return to SA in February 2016, I consulted with my GP who suggested that I try cryotherapy, a new treatment in SA along with intensive physiotherapy and acupuncture as I strongly resisted returning to steroid treatment.