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How is polymyalgia rheumatica treated?

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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 28 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.
Dr. Michael Laccheo
Dr. Michael Laccheoanswered
Rheumatology 16 years experience
Steroids: A long-term steroid taper.

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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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