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How does the doctor know if the diagnosis is polymyalgia rheumatica?

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Dr. Angus Worthing
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Angus Worthing
Dr. Angus Worthing
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Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
2 doctors agree

In brief: H&P and labs

Most patients with polymyagia rheumatica have a classic syndrome of pain and stifness in the shoulders and upper arm muscles and hip pain and stiffness including leg muscles.
Stiffness of proximal muscles and joints are quite common. Usually, labs show increased measures of inflammation such as the sed rate and crp. Steroids are usually quite helpful in reducing symptoms.

In brief: H&P and labs

Most patients with polymyagia rheumatica have a classic syndrome of pain and stifness in the shoulders and upper arm muscles and hip pain and stiffness including leg muscles.
Stiffness of proximal muscles and joints are quite common. Usually, labs show increased measures of inflammation such as the sed rate and crp. Steroids are usually quite helpful in reducing symptoms.
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management

In brief: PMR

The most typical symptom is pain and stiffness in both shoulders and the neck.
This pain usually progresses to the hips, and there isfatigue too. It becomes more and more difficult for patients to get around. Other symptoms include: 1)anemia, 2)appetite loss, which leads to unintentional weight loss, depression, 4)fever there are no specific joint symptoms. Lab tests cannot diagnose pmr.

In brief: PMR

The most typical symptom is pain and stiffness in both shoulders and the neck.
This pain usually progresses to the hips, and there isfatigue too. It becomes more and more difficult for patients to get around. Other symptoms include: 1)anemia, 2)appetite loss, which leads to unintentional weight loss, depression, 4)fever there are no specific joint symptoms. Lab tests cannot diagnose pmr.
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Dr. David Rosenfeld
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