What are the symptoms of polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR)?
If you have polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) you’ll usually have severe and painful stiffness, which is often worse in the morning, especially in your shoulders and thighs and usually affecting both sides. PMR often strikes suddenly, appearing over a week or two and sometimes just after a flu-like illness.
The symptoms are quite different from the ache you may feel after exercise. The pain and stiffness is often widespread, is worse when resting and improves with activity or as the day goes on. However, it may also wake you at night.
Other symptoms include:
- feeling unwell
- a slight fever
- weight loss
- overwhelming tiredness
- feeling low, anxious or depressed.