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

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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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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Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Many differences

Polymyalgia rheumatica is a chronic inflammatory disease that is marked by muscle pain around the shoulders and hips.
It can be associated with inflammatory changes of the blood vessels, which can place a person at risk for blindness. It tends to affect elderly persons. Fibromyalgia is also a chronic pain syndrome, not frankly inflammatory, tends to be more widespread and affect younger persons

In brief: Many differences

Polymyalgia rheumatica is a chronic inflammatory disease that is marked by muscle pain around the shoulders and hips.
It can be associated with inflammatory changes of the blood vessels, which can place a person at risk for blindness. It tends to affect elderly persons. Fibromyalgia is also a chronic pain syndrome, not frankly inflammatory, tends to be more widespread and affect younger persons
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