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Does polymyalgia rheumatica effect the diaphragm and rib area?

Does polymyalgia rheumatica effect the diaphragm and rib area?

Possibly: Polymyalgia rheumatica most commonly affects the shoulder and neck area. After that it affects the hip girdle area. Many people describe pain throughout the whole body. It is not typical to have pain only in the chest area but that doesn't mean it's not possible. ...Read more

Diaphragm (Definition)

This muscle separates the chest cavity from the abdominal cavity and expands and contracts to assist the intercostal muscles in breathing. (a diaphragm is also a birth control device ...Read more


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I'm on prednisone for polymyalgia rheumatica. Can I get a cortisone shot in my knee?

I'm on prednisone for polymyalgia rheumatica. Can I get a cortisone shot in my knee?

Depends: It depends on the dose of prednisone you`re taking. If a doctor is recommending an injection and is aware of this, there is no reason why not to do it. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get polymyalgia rheumatica at age 35?

Polymyalgia rheuma: Most people who develop polymyalgia rheumatica are older than 65. It rarely affects people younger than 50. However, it can happen at any age. ...Read more

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Do lots of people get polymyalgia rheumatica, or is it unusual?

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. ...Read more

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What is the difference between autoimmunity and polymyalgia rheumatica?

See below: Pmr is an auto immune disease. In auto immune diseases certain types of white blood cells attack your own tissues and cause cell or tissue destruction. Lupus and rheumatoid arthritis are two common examples. In these cases the immune system must be modulated, sometimes with powerful medications. ...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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Polymyalgia Rheumatica (Definition)

Polymyalgia Rheumatica is an inflammatory condition causing pain and stiffness commonly in the ...Read more