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Dr. Bruce Rothschild
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Polymyalgia Rheumatica (Overview)

Polymyalgia Rheumatica is an inflammatory condition causing pain and stiffness commonly in the shoulders, hips, and neck.


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Polymyalgia rheumatica --what is pmr?

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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Dr. Bruce Rothschild
110 doctors shared insights

Polymyalgia Rheumatica (Overview)

Polymyalgia Rheumatica is an inflammatory condition causing pain and stiffness commonly in the shoulders, hips, and neck.


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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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