Polymyalgia rheumatica causes muscle pain and stiffness in your neck, shoulders and hips. It is most common in women and almost always occurs in people over 50. The main symptom of polymyalgia rheumatica is stiffness after resting. Other symptoms include fever, weakness and weight loss. In some cases, polymyalgia rheumatica develops overnight. In others, it is gradual. Polymyalgia rheumatica sometimes occurs along with giant cell arteritis, a condition that causes swelling of the arteries in your head. Symptoms include headaches and blurred vision. Doctors often prescribe a medicine called prednisone for both conditions. With treatment, polymyalgia rheumatica usually disappears in a day or two. Without treatment, it usually goes away after a year or more. Untreated, giant cell arteritis carries a small risk of blindness or stroke.

Polymyalgia Rheumatica Discussions

  1. link Carrolandeugene
    looking for a cause for my polymyalgia rheumatica
    I started taking Symbicort for my asthma, and it works very well. 6 mos. later, I came down with Polymyalgia Rheumatica, and I am now on 10mgs. per da - 60% more...
    Carrolandeugene- over a year ago - 1 Reply - in Polymyalgia Rheumatica
  2. link Johnphilip
    To the post asking abot alternatives to prednisone I have been taking embril as precribed by my doctor and have felt great ? Iam working on some natur - 51% more...
    Johnphilip- over a year ago - in Polymyalgia Rheumatica
  3. link Maycli
    5 years later
    Having had this P M R for 5yrs, and tried to come off the prednisolone a number of times, and told on many occasions that the disease will burn itself - 47% more...
    Maycli- over a year ago - 4 Replies - in Polymyalgia Rheumatica
  4. link Sandy146
    Polymyalgia/Giant Cell /Temporal Artheritis
    Giant Cell/Temoral Artheritis is another illness associated with Polymyalgia Rheumatica. Not every one gets it and not every one that gets it has Poly - 77% more...
    Sandy146- over a year ago - 11 Replies - in Polymyalgia Rheumatica
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