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What is polymyalgia rheumatic?
Polymyalgia rheumatic is an inflammation of the shoulders and the hips. It can cause pain and stiffness in the affected areas.
What are the symptoms of polymyalgia rheumatic?
The main symptom of polymyalgia rheumatic is pain and stiffness in the muscles of the shoulders and upper arms, neck and hips. The pain is felt on both sides of the body (for example, in both shoulders). The pain is often felt most strongly …
What causes polymyalgia rheumatic?
It is not clear why polymyalgia rheumatic inflammation occurs, although genetics and infections have been suggested as contributing factors.
Who gets polymyalgia rheumatic?
Polymyalgia rheumatic is most often found in people over 50 years of age, typically in their 70s. Women are at least twice as likely to have this condition as men. People of Northern European descent are more likely than people of other ethnicities to …
How is polymyalgia rheumatic diagnosed?
Polymyalgia rheumatic is diagnosed by its symptoms, blood tests and imaging techniques.
How is polymyalgia rheumatic treated?
Polymyalgia rheumatic is treated with low-dose corticosteroid medication.
Will polymyalgia rheumatic clear on its own?
Polymyalgia rheumatic will normally go away on its own after a few years. Medications can help relieve symptoms.
Will polymyalgia rheumatic keep coming back?
Polymyalgia rheumatic can relapse in about half of cases.
About this article
Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 10 Jul 2015
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR)