Polymyalgia rheumaticaDiagnosis

Diagnosing polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) can often be quite a lengthy process involving several different tests.

overview

Polymyalgia rheumatica is a condition that causes pain, stiffness and inflammation in the muscles around the shoulders, neck and hips.

symptoms

Most people with polymyalgia rheumatica have very stiff muscles when they wake up. You may also feel tired or depressed and lose your appetite.

causes

The cause of polymyalgia rheumatica is unknown. It's more common in people over 70 and very rare in people under 50.

treatments_overview

The main treatment for polymyalgia rheumatica is steroid tablets. These ease the symptoms by reducing the inflammation in your body.

Page last reviewed: 23/01/2017
Next review due: 23/01/2020