Hi PMR Warriors!
I hope that you are feeling well.
Today, I want to help clarify for those who are confused about whether or not they have Polymyalgia Rheumatica.
Now, I know that I am not a doctor, although I am a medical professional with PMR personal experience. If the diagnosis was a simple as my article will be today, nobody would have trouble diagnosing PMR.
Doctors utilize certain criteria for diagnosis of Polymyalgia Rheumatica but most people are not cookie-cutter classic cases. Hopefully, your doctor will take into consideration all aspects when diagnosing you. The end of this article has diagnosing criteria if you want to explore that further.
BUT, there are some classic signs of the condition that may point you in the right direction and then you can have an informed discussion with your doctor.
Some classic signs that you have Polymyalgia Rheumatica are:
1. Aches and pains in shoulders, neck, upper back, pelvic girdle, and hip areas.
2. Inability to lift arms up over your head.
3. Increasing stiffness. Mornings are the worst and movement helps to loosen you up. I describe the stiffness as trying to move in quicksand or with exercise bands on.
4. Discomfort is not in your joints. It is in the muscle area near the joints.
5. Rest helps to decrease discomfort but when you get up to move after resting you have increased stiffness.
6. Pain is on movement mainly.
7. Getting up and down from a seated position is challenging due to pain and stiffness. Walking can be difficult due to stiffness and discomfort around the knee and pelvic/hip areas.
9. If your doctor starts you on a trial of Prednisone, you feel relief quickly. Some feel relief in a few hours to a few days.
Here are a few articles that may be helpful as you begin your PMR journey and diagnosis and treatment:
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