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can other problems mimic polymyalgia rheumatica?

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Dr. Bruce Rothschild
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Yes: Fibromyalgia is probably the most common, but confusion with rheumatoid arthritis does occur.
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Pain Management 27 years experience

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A 21-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of polymyalgia rheumatica?

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 60 years experience
Polymyalgia: Common symptoms are pain and stiffness, usually starting suddenly over a few days period of time. The areas affected are neck, shoulders, arms, hips and thighs. See your doctor asap if you have these symptoms.
A 34-year-old member asked:

In order for me to be diagnosed for polymyalgia rheumatica, do I need to see a rheumatologist?

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Dr. Michael Laccheo
Dr. Michael Laccheoanswered
Rheumatology 15 years experience
No: Depending on their training and experience, many doctors, especially primary care doctors, are perfectly qualified to diagnose and manage polymyalgia rheumatica.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to get polymyalgia rheumatica at age 35?

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Dr. Michael Laccheo
Dr. Michael Laccheoanswered
Rheumatology 15 years experience
No: By definition polymyalgia rheumatica doesn't start until one is over 50. Of course, nothing is impossible and in a 49 year old with classic symptoms you might consider it, but at the age of 35, it should not be in the differential.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

Is there an over-the-counter treatment for polymyalgia rheumatica?

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Dr. William Lizarraga
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
No: The mainstay of treatment are steroids, which are prescribed by doctors. Other medications, like methotrexate, can help too, but these are also prescription medications. See a doctor if you think you have this...It could be serious!
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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.

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