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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.
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.
The main symptom of polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) is severe pain and stiffness, especially in your shoulders and thighs and usually affecting both sides.
Steroid tablets are used to rapidly control inflammation for patients with many different kinds of rheumatological conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR). However, as with all drugs some people will have side-effects. These pages set out what you need to know.
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