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

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. Read more...
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. Read more...
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. 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...
Still possible. especially if a blood test called ESR is elevated. I recommend you follow the treatment plan. Read more...

I need info for polymyalgia rheumatica muscle disorder?

See below . Pmr is a disorder characterized by muscle pain, often around the shoulders & hips. Often seen in late middle aged or elderly individuals. It can be associated with temporal arteritis that has the symptoms of headaches, jaw fatigue and vision problems. Early recognition is important. There is no confirmatory test; however an elevated sed rate or CRP can aid in diagnosis. Steroids are the treatment. Read more...
See below. The american college of rheumatology has good information on this: http://www.Rheumatology.Org/practice/clinical/patients/diseases_and_conditions/polymyalgiarheumatica.Asp. Read more...

Is polymyalgia rheumatica considered an autoimmune disease?

Yes! Pmr is an autimmune disease uusually occuruing after 50. It is associated with high grade inflammation, and some patients will develope temporal arteritis. 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...