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Polymyalgia Rheumatica

By: Tiffany Zumbahlen
And
Sedona Hilt

PMR typically affects adults over the age of 50. and sleeping. PMR can cause trouble with daily activities such as getting dressed. . sitting down. The Disease Polymyalgia Rheumatica is commonly referred to as PMR. Woman are typically affected twice as much as men.

 Half of patients with giant cell arteritis also have PMR.Autoimmune  PMR is thought to be autoimmune because of its relationship with giant cell arteritis.  PMR often occurs by itself. . so researchers believe the elastic lamina in blood vessels are the primary target affected by the immune system. another autoimmune disease. but it can also occur with other conditions such as infections.  Tests on the muscles of PMR patients have normal results.

especially upper arms. Symptoms  Joint Pain. and thighs  Pain is at its worst in the morning and improves throughout the day  Pain occurs equally on both sides of the body  Symptoms can come quickly. sometimes even overnight . buttocks. neck.

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Treatments o Doctors may give a low dose of corticosteroids o The dose is 10-15 milligrams per day o Relieves stiffness quickly o Corticosteroids can work for some people within a year other people may take 2 or 3 years .

Facts  The name polymyalgia rheumatica literally means many aching muscles  There’s a higher percentage of PMR at higher latitudes  Researchers believe PMR may be a varied version of temporal arteritis because of the common headaches. .

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