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Dr. Bruce Rothschild
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Polymyalgia Rheumatica (Overview)

An inflammatory condition causing pain and stiffness commonly in the shoulders, hips, and neck.


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Polymyalgia rheumatica --what is pmr?

Polymyalgia rheumatica --what is pmr?

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. ...Read more

Dr. Bruce Rothschild
130 Doctors shared insights

Polymyalgia Rheumatica (Overview)

An inflammatory condition causing pain and stiffness commonly in the shoulders, hips, and neck.


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What are the symptoms of polymyalgia rheumatica?

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. ...Read more

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How does the doctor know if the diagnosis is polymyalgia rheumatica?

How does the doctor know if the diagnosis is polymyalgia rheumatica?

Whole picture: Agree with dr. Rosenfeld about shoulder & hip pain. Also, age 50+, high sedimentation rate (blood test), and exquisite response to Prednisone are part of the whole picture which support a diagnosis. ...Read more

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

No: Depending on their training and experience, many doctors, especially primary care doctors, are perfectly qualified to diagnose and manage polymyalgia rheumatica. ...Read more

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What are the tests for polymyalgia rheumatica?

None, really: There are no tests that prove you have it, but typically your doctor will check your inflammatory markers (esr/crp) and other tests to rule out other possibilities. ...Read more

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What causes polymyalgia rheumatica in fingers?

What causes polymyalgia rheumatica in fingers?

Unexpected: Unexpected. Check for rheumatoid. Some physicians believe that individuals with pr can have arthritis, but I don't believe it. ...Read more

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What does having polymyalgia rheumatica mean?

Many aches and pain: The definition is many muscles and joint pain. Polymyalgia rheumatica is an inflammatory arthritic disease that affects patients above 50 years old. It is associated with shoulder, upper arm (muscles), hip, upper leg (muscles) pain and stiffness. It can be associated with fevers and weight loss. True weakness comes from the pain and stiffness of the muscles and joints. ...Read more

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How can I treat polymyalgia rheumatica?

Prednisone plus....?: Prednisone is the tried and true remedy for this condition. Sometimes other arthritis medications are helpful too. Speak to your rheumatologist. ...Read more

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What are some benefits and dangers of prednisone in treating pmr - polymyalgia rheumatica?

What are some benefits and dangers of prednisone in treating pmr - polymyalgia rheumatica?

See answer: Benefits include resolution of pain. Risks include increase in cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, fragile skin and blood vessels, weight gain, mood changes, psychosis etc. Typically the benefits greatly outweigh the risks. ...Read more

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

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

No: Low dose steroids is the first line treatment. If steroids fail or cannot be tapered, other prescription medications may treat the condition. No otc treatments are effective. ...Read more

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Polymyalgia rheumatica. What are recommended treatments long term after acute treatment with corticsteroids? Severe pain and weakness was sudden in upper body, but there is a history of migraines, excema, esp. Sun sensitity, and osteo arhritis with spinal

Polymyalgia rheumatica. What are recommended treatments long term after acute treatment with corticsteroids? Severe pain and weakness was sudden in upper body, but there is a history of migraines, excema, esp. Sun sensitity, and osteo arhritis with spinal

One: One of the ways to get correct information from a computer is to have the correct (input) information in the computer. In medicine is the same, you need precise data to make the adecuate diagnosis. I don t mean to under estimate you impression of how you hands look or how they feel and I don t mean to under estimate your diagnosis of aquiles tendinitis or others, but in order to make the right diagnosis in rheumatology you need to have an appropiate history and physical exam, these two features give you a very very good hint of the diagnosis, that could then be confiorm by blood test or x rays etc.... Rheumatoid arthrtis is not always rheumatoid factor positive and there are 140 varieties of rheumatic diseases. I believe you need a rheumatologist to evaluate you and try to define what your ailments are to get the propper diagnosis and the propper therapy. ...Read more

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Anyone ever heard of polymyalgia rheumatica cures?

No: Pmr usually resolves on it's own after a few years. If you mean a short term treatment that resolves it quickly, then no. ...Read more

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Is polymyalgia rheumatica considered an autoimmune disease?

Is polymyalgia rheumatica considered an autoimmune disease?

PMR: Pmr is an inflammatory disorder that affects proximal muscles of shoulder joint and hip joint due to unknown causes. There is inflammation with elevated ESR and crp. There is mild anemia and effusion of tendons around shoulders on us. Temporal arteritis (ta) is seen in 15% of pmr patients. Pmr occurs in 50% of ta patients. It occurs in genetic predisposition triggered by environmental factors. ...Read more

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What is polymyalgia rheumatica?

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. ...Read more

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What are polymyalgia rheumatica?

What are polymyalgia rheumatica?

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. ...Read more

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What is polymyalgia rheumatica like?

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. ...Read more

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Polymyalgia rheumatica --what is pmr?

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. ...Read more