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What Kind Of Doctor Treats Polymyalgia Rheumatica
Ploymyalgiia: Rheumatologist treats them. Internist can treat them too. ...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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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