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Polymyalgia rheumatica --what is pmr?

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Dr. Chad Boomershine
Rheumatology 20 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.
Dr. Bruce Rothschild
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Rheumatica : Polymyalgia rheumatica is a combination of signs/symptoms of the perception of proximal muscle weakness (although objective testing reveals no weakness), fatigue, fever and erythrocyte sedimentation rate elevation/prolongation. Steoids are the first step in its treatment.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

What are polymyalgia rheumatica?

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Dr. Frank Holmes
Sports Medicine 24 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.

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