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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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Dr. Bruce Rothschild
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Polymyalgia Rheumatica (Definition)

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


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Is it possible to have polymyalgia rheumatica at the age of 38? This is what the ER doc believe that I have due to severe weakness and fatigue.

Is it possible to have polymyalgia rheumatica at the age of 38? This is what the ER doc believe that I have due to severe weakness and fatigue.

It is possible: This disease usually occurs in people over 50 but it is not impossible to get it at an earlier age. See a Rheumatologist as soon as you can to get their opinion on the diagnosis and treatment. ...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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What research is being conducted to help people who have polymyalgia rheumatica and giant cell arteritis?

Not aware of new res: I am not aware of new research, I am sure its being done. As pertaining to the eyes gca is crucially important to treat before eye get involved, there is a serious risk of blindness. ...Read more

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MY MOTHER HAS POLYMYALGIA RHEUMATICA. I HAVE FIBROMYALGIA. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

Inflammatory vs. not: Can produce similar symptoms, but PMR is an inflammatory condition for which there is a single and effective treatment. FM is a condition with less defined symptoms which variably responds to a variety of interventions. Because they are common sometimes people will have both conditions. ...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 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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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 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 definition or description of: Polymyalgia rheumatica?

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. ...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