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what are polymyalgia rheumatica?

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Dr. Frank Holmes
Sports Medicine 23 years experience
See below : Pmr is a disorder characterized by muscle pain, often around the shoulders & hips. Often seen in late middle aged or elderly individuals. It can be associated with temporal arteritis that has the symptoms of headaches, jaw fatigue and vision problems. Early recognition is important. There is no confirmatory test; however an elevated sed rate or CRP can aid in diagnosis. Steroids are the treatment.
Dr. Michael Laccheo
Dr. Michael Laccheoanswered
Rheumatology 15 years experience
Autoimmune disease: Polymyalgia rheumatica is an autoimmune, inflammatory disease typically involving the shoulders/neck and possibly hips/low back that starts in those over 50.
Dr. Mitchell Cohn
Pain Management 35 years experience
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 & weakness.Left untreated it can damage tendons & muscles permanently.It responds very well to steroid treatment, but that has it's drawbacks too as long-term steroid use has complications, as well.No one knows exact cause.May be genetic factors.
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Standard rx?: Has been with prednisone at moderately high doses. I am a fan of weekly subcutaneous methotrexate, 25 mg /week. The new IL-6 inhibitors are very effective but costly. I've seen too many steroid side effects from prednisone!

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How can I treat polymyalgia rheumatica?

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Dr. Bruce Rothschild
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Low dose steroids: If the diagnosis is accurate, low dose steroids should control it, of course with efforts to reduce loss of bone integrity.
A 45-year-old member asked:

How is polymyalgia rheumatica treated?

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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 27 years experience
Low Dose Steroids: Although there is no cure for polymyalgia rheumatica, treatment can help prevent patients from becoming disabled. Low doses of corticosteroids (such as prednisone) can relieve polymyalgia rheumatica within a day or two. The dose can then be slowly reduced to a very low level, but the treatment will need to continue for a long time -- around 2 - 6 years.
A 47-year-old member asked:

What does having polymyalgia rheumatica mean?

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Dr. Bruce Rothschild
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Feeling weak, but no: It is a condition in which the person is fatigued, may have fever, feels weak and has an elevated sedimentation rate.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What is polymyalgia rheumatica like?

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Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 33 years experience
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, upper arms, hips, and upper legs. It can be associated with fevers and rarely weight loss. It is associated with an elevated sedimentation rate and c reactive protein which are both measures of inflammation. Treatment is steroids.
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Polymyalgia rheumatica --what is pmr?

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Dr. Chad Boomershine
Rheumatology 19 years experience
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 in the shoulders and hips. Pmr can also lead to blindness due to inflammation in blood vessels of the eye. Pmr is treated with steroids and Aspirin to prevent blindness. Other medicines (antibiotics) are sometimes used to prevent steroid effects.

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