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Dr. Laurence Badgley
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Fibromyalgia (Definition)

Widespread pain and tenderness on palpation of specific muscle points, associated with variety of other symptoms that include fatigue, sleep disturbances, depression, ...Read more


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

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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Are headaches common with polymyalgia rheumatica. My Dr is trying to rule out fibromyalgia and put me on prednisone?

Are headaches common with polymyalgia rheumatica. My Dr is trying to rule out fibromyalgia and put me on prednisone?

See below: If your doctor thinks you have polymyalgia rheumatic but wants to rule out fibromyalgia you need a Rheumatologist. Reason,a modest dose of prednisone can improve Polymyalgia rheumatic but not fibromyalgia from there a headache in polymyalgia rheumatica can be a symptom of giant cell arthritis which requires evaluation. ...Read more

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What are the causes of polymyalgia rhuematica?

Autoimmune: Polymyalgia rheumatica (pmr) is an autoimmune disease that occurs in people 50 years of age and older. It is thought to be genetic, people who get it are born with a propensity to develop autoimmune diseases. No specific trigger (like an infection) has been identified. In addition to pain in the shoulders and hips, pmr patients can become blind. Close monitoring is essential to treatment. ...Read more

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What is polymyalgia rheumatico and how treated?

What is polymyalgia rheumatico and how treated?

Rheumatica : Polymyalgia rheumatica is a combination of signs/symptoms of the perception of proximal muscle weakness (although objective testing reveals no weakness), fatigue, fever and erythrocyte sedimentation rate elevation/prolongation. Steoids are the first step in its treatment. ...Read more

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What is the technical definition of polymyalgia rheumatico and how is it treated?

What is the technical definition of polymyalgia rheumatico and how is it treated?

See details: Pmr is a disease characterized by stiffness and pain in the upper arms and thighs and is associated almost always with significant elevations of blood tests known as the sed rate and crp. It is unusual in people under the age of 60 and improves dramatically with relatively small doses of prednisone. ...Read more

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I've had polymyalgia for 1 year..Am on pednisone 5 mg daily. What would happen if I stopped taking the meds?

Depends: Maybe nothing. Maybe it would come back. Usually, i keep tapering my patient's dose down until they are able to come off the Prednisone completely. If you've been on 5mg for a year, you probably want to slowly decrease it under your dr.'s supervision to avoid adrenal insufficiency. ...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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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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