For those of you new to Polymylagina Rheumatica, you may be wondering, "what exactly is Polymyalgia Rheumatica"?
Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR) is an inflammatory auto-immune condition similar to Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). However, PMR affects the area around the joints, unlike RA, which affects the joints themselves.
The first sign many times is stiffness and pain in the shoulders and neck.
Some sites list PMR as a common condition, yet it is well known that many medical providers are not familiar with PMR and how to treat it. It is often overlooked, misdiagnosed, or written off as an old person's stiffness due to "age."
There are many excellent documents on the internet describing PMR and its treatment. They outline this important information better than I can, so I will include a few reputable sites to provide the details you need.
Here are a few informative articles on PMR to click on to take you to the site:
I have noticed that younger people do get PMR also despite what the guidelines for treatment state about being over 50 or 55 years old to qualify for this condition. Time and time again, I have found people on Facebook PMR support groups in their 40s and early 50s who are suffering, treated and responding to Prednisone with PMR.
Unfortunately, there are some young folks who suffer needlessly as their providers do not believe that they have PMR due to their younger age. I truly hope that the medical criteria for PMR is updated in the near future to encompass those who are younger with symptoms.
Feel free to peruse this Blog site for loads of tips and stories on PMR.
Wishing you the best in your journey.