Polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) is a chronic, episodic, inflammatory disease of your large arteries. It is a poorly understood pain syndrome that is characterized by stiffness and pain in your hip and shoulder girdles, upper arms, thighs and neck.
Polymyalgia rheumatica was probably first reported over 100 years ago with the name “senile rheumatic gout.” Other names were used until 1957.
There is a relationship between polymyalgia rheumatica and giant cell arteritis. They each seem to have the same disease process with slightly different signs and symptoms. However, you can have one without having the other.
Polymyalgia rheumatica usually affects people who are over 50 years of age. Women are affected more than twice as much as women. It is a relatively common problem in the United States and Europe.
Polymyalgia rheumatica results when your immune system mistakenly attacks the lining of your joints with white blood cells. However, no one knows what causes your immune system to make this mistake. Researchers believe both environmental and genetic factors are probably involved. There may also be a connection between this disease and certain viruses that cause respiratory infections.
The signs and symptoms of polymyalgia rheumatica often appear suddenly, without warning. They can literally begin overnight. Some of the signs and symptoms that you may experience are:
- Weakness or malaise (not feeling well)
- Anemia (low red blood cell count)
- Unintended weight loss
- A slight fever at various times
- Moderate to severe stiffness, pain and aching in the muscles of your hips, shoulders, thighs, upper arms and neck.
Stiffness and pain may start on one side of your body. As the disease progresses, you will probably be affected on both sides of your body. The pain and stiffness is usually more severe after you have been lying or sitting down for a long time or in the morning. It may be bad enough to awaken you from sleep.
You or a loved one may be suffering from polymyalgia rheumatica. This disease may be why you or your loved one is disabled and not able to work.
As a result, you may need assistance. You or your loved one may need financial aid.
Where will it come from? Who can you turn to? Who can and will help you?
Do you or your loved one intend to apply for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits from the Social Security Administration because of the disability caused by polymyalgia rheumatica and/or other conditions along with this disease? Did you already do this, and you or your loved one was turned down by the Social Security Administration?
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