What is polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR)?
Polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) is an inflammatory condition that causes severe pain and stiffness. It most commonly starts after the age of 60 and affects women more often than men. Read more
What are the symptoms of polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR)?
The main symptom of polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) is severe pain and stiffness, especially in your shoulders and thighs and usually affecting both sides. Read more
Related condition – giant cell arteritis (GCA)
Polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) is sometimes associated with a condition called giant cell arteritis (GCA), or temporal arteritis. If you have headaches, jaw pain or visual disturbances it's important to get prompt medical attention. Read more
How is polymyalgia (PMR) diagnosed?
Your doctor will usually make a diagnosis of polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) based on your symptoms, the history of your condition and blood tests which will show inflammation. They may refer you to a specialist if the diagnosis isn’t clear. Read more
What treatments are there for polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR)?
You’ll probably be prescribed steroid tablets to treat polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR). They often start to work very quickly but you’ll need to continue taking them for some time to keep the inflammation under control and prevent your symptoms coming back. Read more
Self-help and daily living for polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR)
Steroid treatment can sometimes affect your bones, increasing the risk of osteoporosis, so it's important to get enough calcium and vitamin D to help keep your bones strong and healthy. Read more