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Doctor insights on: What Is The Difference Between Autoimmune Diseases And Polymyalgia Rheumatica

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Is polymyalgia rheumatica considered an autoimmune disease?

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.

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Dr. Tracy Lovell
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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.

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What is the difference between autoimmunity and polymyalgia rheumatica?

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.

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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.

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I need info for polymyalgia rheumatica muscle disorder?

I need info for polymyalgia rheumatica muscle disorder?

See below: The american college of rheumatology has good information on this: http://www. Rheumatology. Org/practice/clinical/patients/diseases_and_conditions/polymyalgiarheumatica. Asp.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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