What kind of arthritis is polymyalgia rheumatica?

PMR affects muscles. Polymyalgia rheumatica presents as painful muscles, usually in your shoulders, upper arms and thighs. It is associated with a lab finding, elevated sedimentation rate (ESR) and is treated with oral steroids, usually prednisone. Little is known about what causes pmr, but it is an inflammatory disorder of the muscles. It is seen usually in those aged over 50.
It is. and inflammatory arthritis that is a syndrome with pain or stiffness, usually in the neck, shoulders, and hips. It can also be associated with headaches/pain known as temporal arteritis that can cause blindness if not treated promptly. If you are concerned I would see a rheumatologist to determine a treatment plan.

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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. Read more...

In order for me to be diagnosed for polymyalgia rheumatica, do I see a rheumatologists?

Typically . Yes, most times rheaumatologists make this diagnosis, although in many cases a family doctor or internist make also diagnose this. Read more...
Not necessarily. No. A primary care doctor with experience in this area could make the diagnosis. Read more...

In order for me to be diagnosed for polymyalgia rheumatica, do I need to see a rheumatologist?

No. Depending on their training and experience, many doctors, especially primary care doctors, are perfectly qualified to diagnose and manage polymyalgia rheumatica. Read more...
Not necessarily. An internist or family practitioner can diagnose polymyalgia rheumatica in the setting of typical symptoms, elevated sedimentation rate, and dramatic response to moderate doses of steroids. However, if you are 36 years old as your profile states, pmr is virtually impossible as it almost exclusively occurs in people in their 60's or older. Read more...