Polymyalgia Rheumatica (or PMR) is an inflammatory disorder of the muscles and joints that typically afflicts those over the age of 65. Closely related to giant cell arteritis, both inflammatory disorders can set in quickly and co-exist (many doctors actually believe they are different manifestations of the same condition), considering approximately half of patients with Giant Cell Arteritis develop Polymyalgia Rheumatic at some point. Both conditions do cause similar muscle pain and stiffness to both sides of the body, typically affecting the shoulders, upper arms, neck, buttocks, and hips.
The cause of PMR is often linked to genetics, although an environmental viral infection of the immune system is thought to leave individuals more susceptible to PMR.
The eight early warning signs of PMR will strike and worsen within 2 weeks time, they include the following…
Achy pain in the shoulders is typically the foremost sign of PMR, followed closely by pain in the areas of the neck, upper arms, buttocks, hips, and thighs, and even the wrists and knees in some cases.