Polymyalgia rheumatica

Polymyalgia rheumatica

Polymyalgia rheumatica is characterized by muscle pain and stiffness in the neck, shoulder, and hip area.

Polymyalgia rheumatica is characterized by muscle pain and stiffness in the neck, shoulder, and hip area. This stiffness, lasting about 30 minutes, is more severe upon waking or after a period of inactivity. Persons also may have “flu-like” symptoms. The symptoms may come on suddenly or gradually and usually strikes people over 50 years of age with age 70 the most common age of onset. There may be remission in one to several years. Up to 15% of persons develop giant cell arteritis (also called temporal arteritis), during or after polymyalgia symptoms appear.

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Patricia Barber
Patricia Barber
For the last 20 years, Pat has been helping patients and caregivers live better lives, advocate for change, and Virginia's "right hand" making sure the "i's" are dotted and the "t's" are crossed. She lives in Michigan and couldn't picture herself doing anything but helping the autoimmune community.

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