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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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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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I need info about post polio syndrome, polymyalgia rheumatica?

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

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What is the long-term outlook for polymyalgia rheumatica and temporal arteritis?

Good: If treated correctly and before there is vascular damage (e.G vision loss) from gca, usually they go away after a few years of treatment with minimal residual consequences (mostly from the steroids used to treat). ...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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What can I do to help with the pain of polymyalgia rheumatica? I take prednisone 15mg a day but I am still in pain.

What can I do to help with the pain of polymyalgia rheumatica? I take prednisone 15mg a day but I am still in pain.

PMR: Given your young age & poor response to Prednisone it is extremely unlikely you have polymyalgia rheumatica(pmr). The key characteristics of pmr are that patients are almost always over 60 years old & those with pmr, respond dramatically to corticosteroids with rapid near to complete elimination of symptoms. I recommend seeing a rheumatologist to clarify your diagnosis. ...Read more

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How rare is it for a woman of 25 to have polymyalgia rheumatica? Does this happen ever? Figures? Thank you

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. ...Read more

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Can i get itch in my skin with polymyalgia rheumatica?

Can i get itch in my skin with polymyalgia rheumatica?

Yes: Yes, you can have some skin irritation or itchiness in your skin from pr. It is an autoimmune disease and this can often also cause release of some of the same inflammatory chemicals in your skin. If you have recently started taking any opioid pain medications, this could also cause mild to severe itchiness. If it continues to get worse, may need to see your physician. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What exactly is polymyalgia Rheumatica? Cause? Am taking predisone 5mg 1x daily. Any other recommendations? Anything shouldn't/should do?

See details: Too many questions to answer in the space allotted. PMR is probably an autoimmune disease characterized by proximal muscle pain and stiffness. About 10% of cases are also associated with a condition known as giant cell arteritis. Prednisone is the treatment of choice. If you want to discuss in more detail, please request a private conversation. ...Read more

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I need info for polymyalgia rheumatica muscle disorder?

I need info for polymyalgia rheumatica muscle disorder?

See below: The american college of rheumatology has good information on this: http://www.Rheumatology.Org/practice/clinical/patients/diseases_and_conditions/polymyalgiarheumatica.Asp. ...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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How are polymyalgia rheumatica and giant cell arteritis diagnosed?

Overlapping: They are overlapping disorders. They can occur separately or together. Clinical experience of the doctor and elevated erythrocyte sedimentationrate are the most reliable findings. ...Read more

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Polymyalgia Rheumatica (Definition)

An inflammatory condition causing pain and stiffness commonly in the ...Read more