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A 49-year-old female asked:

I have a sedimentation rate of 52 and wbc of 13(?). i have joint pain, neck, hip, shoulder, elbows and knees, worse on the right than the left. i also have numb patches on the sides of legs hands feet, this comes and goes. doc is thinking pmr?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 51 years experience
It may well be polymyalgia. It is primarily a clinical diagnosis as there are no specific lab tests for the disorder. Visit this site for information: https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/muscle-bone-and-joints/conditions/polymyalgia-rheumatica#:~:text=Polymyalgia%20rheumatica%20(PMR)%20is%20a,high%20temperature%20(fever)%20and%20sweating
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Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
PMR is always possible, however there are things that do not match typical PMR, such as the type of pain, affecting multiple joints, numb patches suggesting neuropathy, elevated WBC and ESR. A rheumatology consult may help in clarifying.
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Last updated Jan 11, 2023


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