Polymyalgia rheumatica a common cause of widespread aching and stiffness. It is also referred to as PMR. It belongs to the type of disorders that lead to muscle pain and stiffness, particularly in the shoulders. As polymyalgia rheumatica does not often lead to swollen joints, it may be hard to recognize. Signs and symptoms of polymyalgia rheumatica come on suddenly and are worse in the morning.
Generally polymyalgia rheumatica is seen in people aged more than 65. If rarely affect people under 50. This condition is linked to another inflammatory disorder called giant cell arteritis. Symptoms of giant cell arteritis are headaches, vision difficulties, jaw pain and scalp tenderness. There are chances that a person is affected with both the conditions.
Signs and symptoms:
The signs and symptoms of this disease condition can be present on both sides of the body and might include:
• Aches or pain in your shoulders
• Aches or pain in your neck, upper arms, buttocks, hips or thighs
• Stiffness in affected areas, especially in the morning or after being inactive for a long time
• Limited range of motion in affected areas
• Pain or stiffness in your wrists, elbows or knees
• It is prevalent in whites than nonwhites, but all races can get polymyalgia rheumatica