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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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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 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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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 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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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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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 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

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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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Can other problems mimic polymyalgia rheumatica?

Can other problems mimic polymyalgia rheumatica?

Yes: Chronic pain syndrome, depression associated pain, fibromyelgia. ...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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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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My father was diagnosed with polymyalgia rheumatica. What does this mean?

Inflamation muscle: Autoimmune disorder of muscles leading to diffuse muscle pain. It is usually identified by abnormal blood tests indicating inflammation such as increased CRP sed rate, and is usually treated with oral steroids like Prednisone
it usually responds quickly to higher doses which are then tapered down to the lowest effective dose.
The disease may come and go. ...Read more

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

Not necessarily: No. A primary care doctor with experience in this area could make the 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

Contagious (Definition)

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