Polymyalgia Rheumatica

Polymyalgia Rheumatica is an inflammatory disease that is most commonly found in people over the age of 65. It causes muscle pain and stiffness but rarely causes joint swelling, making the condition difficult to recognize without proper diagnostic testing.

Symptoms of Polymyalgia Rheumatica:

Symptoms of polymyalgia rheumatica often appear suddenly without warning and tend to be worse in the early hours of the day. The most commonly affected areas are the:
  • Shoulders
  • Neck
  • Arms
  • Hips
Polymyalgia rheumatica causes pain and stiffness, usually on both sides of the body. Other common symptoms include:
  • Fatigue
  • Low-grade fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Anemia
  • Low-grade fever

Causes of Polymyalgia Rheumatica:

The exact cause of polymyalgia rheumatica is still unknown, but genetics and environmental factors are believed to play a role.

Treatments for Polymyalgia Rheumatica:

While there is no cure for polymyalgia rheumatica, there are several treatments that help reduce symptoms. These include:
  • Corticosteroids
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)
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