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Diagnosis

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

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

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

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

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

Symptoms of polymyalgia rheumatica

The main symptom is muscle stiffness in the morning that lasts longer than 45 minutes.

It may also cause other symptoms, including:

See a GP if you have pain and stiffness for more than a week. They'll try to find out what's causing it.

Diagnosing polymyalgia rheumatica can be difficult because the symptoms are similar to those of many other conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis.

These conditions will need to be ruled out before polymyalgia rheumatic is diagnosed.

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

Medical treatments

corticosteroid medicine called prednisolone is the main treatment for polymyalgia rheumatica. It's used to help relieve the symptoms.

You'll initially be prescribed a moderate dose of prednisolone, which will be gradually reduced over time.

Most people with polymyalgia rheumatica will need to take a course of corticosteroid treatment that lasts 18 months to 2 years to prevent their symptoms returning.

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

Read more on the NHS website.