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Dr Kristine (Pek Ling) Ng - Consultant Rheumatologist

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Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR)

Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR) is an inflammatory condition affecting predominantly the shoulders and hips in people over the age of 50. It causes severe stiffness of movement especially in the morning. The cause of PMR is unknown.

The diagnosis is made from a combination of your medical history, current symptoms, physical findings and the inflammation detected in the blood tests. Some individuals with PMR may also have Giant Cell Arteritis/ Temporal Arteritis which causes swelling of the arteries in the head.

In most cases of PMR, treatment with low dose corticosteroids rapidly relieves the symptoms. The usual course of this disease is anywhere from 2 to 4 years. In most cases, people recover completely from the symptoms of PMR and lead normal active lives. Although relapse may occur once treatment is discontinued, symptoms respond rapidly to treatment with corticosteroids. For more information, see www.arthritis.org.nz

This page was last updated at 9:17AM on September 1, 2020.