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My father was diagnosed with polymyalgia rheumatica. What does this mean?

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

Dr. Alan Bauman
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Hair Loss (Definition)

Hair loss, otherwise known as alopecia, can be caused by different reasons, including damage to the hair shaft or follicles or fungal infections. There are two main types of alopecia. Alopecia areata occurs when the body's immune system attacks hair follicles and causes hair to fall out. Androgenetic (or androgenic) alopecia, on the other hand, is an inherited form of hair loss. With alopecia areata, hair can fall out in patches all over the body. With androgenetic alopecia, hair on the head first thins and then falls out. In men, this is called male pattern hair loss; in women, it is called ...Read more


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How are polymyalgia rheumatica and giant cell arteritis diagnosed?

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 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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Is it possible for people with polymyalgia rheumatica to have sharp pains in all the finger bones?

Polymyalgia rheuma: Polymyalgia rheumatica is an inflammatory disorder that causes muscle pain and stiffness. The pain and stiffness often occur in your shoulders, neck, upper arms and hips.

You might have pain in your hands and fingers as well. ...Read more

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Dr ordered ESR today checking for inflammation and suspecting possibility of polymyalgia rheumatica. I have testerone pellets with arimedex implanted in my hip every 3 months and take Mobic 15mg/day, could this change the test results?

Dr ordered ESR today checking for inflammation and suspecting possibility of polymyalgia rheumatica. I have testerone pellets with arimedex implanted in my hip every 3 months and take Mobic 15mg/day, could this change the test results?

ESR: Can be elevated for any inflammatory process and it is very none specific. However when combined with other test and your symptoms may be helpful in establishing a diagnosis and monitoring response to treatment ...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 about post polio syndrome, polymyalgia rheumatica?

I need info about post polio syndrome, polymyalgia rheumatica?

Different Conditions: These are two different conditions.Post Polio Syndrome affects patients who were infected with polio many years ago in the past&survived the intial infection&after many years come with symptoms of progressive weakness.Polymyalgia Rheumatica is an inflammatory condition of the muscles&joints in those over the age of 65.Causes muscle stiffness of both sides of body, shoulders, neck, upper arm, hips ...Read more

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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

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Is polymyalgia rheumatica autoimmune if ANA is negative or result of old age?

Is polymyalgia rheumatica autoimmune if ANA is negative or result of old age?

PMR likely autoimm: So ANA is probably the most misinterpreted test by almost everyone: it is just a screen for autoimmunity, but not all autoimmunity. And a positive ANA does not mean disease. So, pmr is ANA negative, but still may represent an autoimmune condition. What the autoimmune target is remains unclear though. True, it is exclusively seen in older (>50-60 yo) people, and this remains unclear why also. ...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'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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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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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 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

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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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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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I have polymyalgia rheumatica, and on prednisone. I am 66 and going blind, I gained weight and feel ugly. But I can now walk. Will I die from this?

Not likely: Hi Wendy. Polymyalgia rheumatica is exquisitely sensitive to steroids. But, it is associated with giant cell arthritis, which can be both deadly and blinding. As soon as it is under control you can be put on so-called steroid-sparing immunosuppressive medication such as methotrexate, which will help normalize your life. These have much fewer side effects. Please see a rheumatologist ...Read more

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How likely is it my SX are caused by polymyalgia rheumatica and temporal arteritis? Only aged 25 female. Severe headache, temple, neck & shoulder pain

How likely is it my SX are caused by polymyalgia rheumatica and temporal arteritis? Only aged 25 female. Severe headache, temple, neck & shoulder pain

Depends on duration: The answer depends largely on the duration of your various symptoms. If your symptom cluster persists over time and does not go away after 7-10 days, or runs in frequent cycles of 4-10 days, then you need to see a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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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

Antiinflammatory (Definition)

Inflammation is a condition of swelling that may or may not be associated with pain. Anti-inflammatory are medications that block the cause of this condition. Medications include ibuprofen, naproxen, and celecoxib. Steroids (cortisone) are ...Read more


Dr. Bruce Rothschild
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Polymyalgia Rheumatica (Definition)

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