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Can You Die From Polymyalgia Rheumatica
I have polymyalgia rheumatica, and on prednisone. I am 66 and going blind, I gained weight and feel ugly. But I can now walk. Will I die from this?
Not likely: Hi Wendy. Polymyalgia rheumatica is exquisitely sensitive to steroids. But, it is associated with giant cell arthritis, which can be both deadly and blinding. As soon as it is under control you can be put on so-called steroid-sparing immunosuppressive medication such as methotrexate, which will help normalize your life. These have much fewer side effects. Please see a rheumatologist
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
Fairly common: Plymyalgia rheumatica is a fairly common rheumatic condition as compared to other rheumatic diseases. It occurs in 50 to 55 people per 100, 000. It is twice as common in women as compared to men. It is rare below the age of 50 and increases as age continues to go up.See 1 more doctor answer
Painful muscles: Age 50 and older. Neck, shoulder, and hip pain with stiffness. Often the stiffness is worse in the morning. Associated with fatigue, fever, and weight loss. Association with giant cell arteritis. Usually the ESR, CRP, , or both are elevated. Often the patient has a normocytic anemia.
No: Pmr is an auto-immune disease but the underlying cause is not known.See 1 more doctor answer
How rare is it for a woman of 25 to have polymyalgia rheumatica? Does this happen ever? Figures? Thank you
Really rare: Polymyalgia reumatica has been diagnosed in one person age 24, but that is very rare. People with this problem are usually older than 50 years old.See 1 more doctor answer
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