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Is polymyalgia rheumatica very contagious

A 62-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Laccheo
14 years experience Rheumatology
No: It's not contagious at all. It is not an infection.
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
No: No it is not.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce Rothschild
47 years experience Rheumatology
Unlikely: Unlikely, but vision loss is the main concern.
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Rosenfeld
26 years experience Pain Management
Blood tests: 1)sed rate, or erythrocyte sedimentation rate (esr) 2)c-reactive protein test 3)ultrasound imaging, which uses sound waves to produce images of sof ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Betty Keller
34 years experience Rheumatology
No: Lupus is not contagious, it is not caused by an infection. It is an autoimmune disease.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience Family Medicine
Rarely: Infectious arthritis, especially gonococcal, has rarely been known to spread. In general no.
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Mund
45 years experience Rheumatology
No: While the absolute cause of lupus is unknown, likely a combination of a genertic predisposition to develop autoimmune disease and some environmental t ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kim Fagan
Dr. Kim Fagan answered
33 years experience Sports Medicine
No: Rheumatoid arthritis is not curable. Actually no form of arthritis is curable. For rheumatoid arthritis there are some medications available referre ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Cohn
34 years experience Pain Management
Immune disorder: Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR) is an autoimmune-type disorder which affect mostly people older than 50.Frequently starts in the shoulders or neck w/pain ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chad Boomershine
18 years experience Rheumatology
Autoimmune: Polymyalgia rheumatica (pmr) is an autoimmune disease that occurs in people 50 years of age and older. It is associated with severe pain and stiffness ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Laccheo
14 years experience Rheumatology
No: No.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
32 years experience Rheumatology
See below: Polymyalgia rheumatica usually is a condition in people greater then 50. It causes stiffness and pain in muscles and joints including the shoulders, u ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tracy Lovell
20 years experience Rheumatology
Yes: Yes, polymyalgia rheumatica is an autoimmune disease.
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Rosenfeld
26 years experience Pain Management
Low Dose Steroids: Although there is no cure for polymyalgia rheumatica, treatment can help prevent patients from becoming disabled. Low doses of corticosteroids (suc ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Bolhack
34 years experience Wound care
Vasculitis: Vasculitis is an inflammation of the blood vessels and both arteries and the veins can be affected. The inflammation is caused by a type of white blo ... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience Family Medicine
Unfortunately, no: Unfortunately, lupus is incurable. The best chance for success lies with meaningful partnership with a caring and able rheumatologist with experience ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Ein
47 years experience Infectious Disease
No: Kawasaki syndrome is a systemic vasculitis that is not spread person to person. It does occur in mini-epidemics and it occurs in siblings of affected ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
48 years experience Infectious Disease
Myositis is a...: Complication of a number of viruses. The virus can be spread but the other person is not likely to get the myositis.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alfred Kim
15 years experience Rheumatology
No: Takayasu's arteritis (it's not an arthritis) is a vasculitis, which is inflammation of the vessels. Etiology remains unclear, but the immune system is ... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
No: It is not inherited.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Laccheo
14 years experience Rheumatology
Sometimes: People can die from complications from lupus such as renal failure, heart attacks, stroke, infection, medications etc. But many people also live long ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
No: Sle (lupus) is an auto-immune disorder in which a person's immune system is reacting strongly against parts of his own body. Sle is not infectious and ... Read More

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