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Symptoms Polymyalgia Rheumatica Fingers
Is it possible for people with polymyalgia rheumatica to have sharp pains in all the finger bones?
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
Can one have seronegative polymyalgia rheumatica + giant cell arteritis? Alll the typical symptoms but blood tests were normal yet on 5mg pred by then
Yes: The sed rate is sometimes done wrong by labs and I am not sure I would trust the C-reactive protein. If your temporal arteries are tender, treat in spite of labs. If you were already on prednisone, then there's no wonder the labs were within reference range. Judgement plays a big role in managing rheumatologic disease despite a plethora of labs. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
Not necessarily: No. A primary care doctor with experience in this area could make the diagnosis. ...Read more
I was recently diagnosed with possible polymyalgia rheumatica. How could I have gotten it at my age?! (Age 38). Seeking second opinion w/ Rheumatology
Correct: This is an autoimmune illness and a rheumatologist is the correct choice ...Read more
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
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
Can polymyalgia rheumatica be so bad that one can not get out of bed some days and better as day goes on on is that more myositis?
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
Ploymyalgiia: Rheumatologist treats them. Internist can treat them too. ...Read more
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
Overlapping: They may occur separately or together.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
I was diagnosed with Polymyalgia Rheumatica recently and I am only 28. After researching the condition it says that it only happens in people 70+. Is this true and if so should I see a new doctor?
Yes: Polymyalgia rheumatic a in a 27 years old is highly unlikely though exceptions are always there. Seek a second opinion from a rheumatologist. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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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