Good. If treated correctly and before there is vascular damage (e.G vision loss) from gca, usually they go away after a few years of treatment with minimal residual consequences (mostly from the steroids used to treat).
PAR and TA. If caught early and treated, very good.
How likely is it my SX are caused by polymyalgia rheumatica and temporal arteritis? Only aged 25 female. Severe headache, temple, neck & shoulder pain
Depends on duration. The answer depends largely on the duration of your various symptoms. If your symptom cluster persists over time and does not go away after 7-10 days, or runs in frequent cycles of 4-10 days, then you need to see a rheumatologist.
Overlapping. They may occur separately or together.
Both are similar. They may coexist both are vasculitis problems.
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.
See md. Blood tests physical exam see your md for evaluation.
What research is being conducted to help people who have polymyalgia rheumatica and giant cell arteritis?
PMR. Polymyalgia rheumatica is an inflammatory illness affecting the neck, shoulders upper back and torso. The causes are likely to be inflammation similar to arthritis, but a few studiessuggest a virus may be responsible. Also pmr can be associated with other diseases such as malignancy, and arteritis. Treatment with small does of Prednisone for months to years is almost always effective.
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.
IL-6. Would look toward john stone's work at mgh (harvard) trying to determine which fraction of giant cell arteritis (which is seen in 50% of pmr cases and thought to be related) is due to elevated il-6 or hyperactive il-6 receptor signaling.
Can one have seronegative polymyalgia rheumatica + giant cell arteritis? Alll the typical symptoms but blood tests were normal yet on 5mg pred by then
Yes. The sed rate is sometimes done wrong by labs and I am not sure I would trust the C-reactive protein. If your temporal arteries are tender, treat in spite of labs. If you were already on prednisone, then there's no wonder the labs were within reference range. Judgement plays a big role in managing rheumatologic disease despite a plethora of labs.
Is it really possible to have temporal arteritis and polymialgia rheumatica at 39? I have all the symptoms and blood work matches, my ESR is 57? Help!
Maybe. Although theoretically possible, this is very very rare in a person who is only 39.
Yes. The idea that polymyalgia rheumatic affects only folks over 60 isn't true.