How To Identify Polymyalgia Rheumatica?

Q:
How to identify polymyalgia rheumatica?

A:
Polymyalgia rheumatica usually occurs after the age of 65. There are a wide range of symptoms can indicate if you have polymyalgia rheumatica, they are:

  • Aches or pain in your shoulders
  • Aches or pain in your neck, upper arms, buttocks, hips or thighs
  • Stiffness in affected areas, particularly in the morning or after being inactive for a time
  • Limited range of motion in affected areas
  • Pain or stiffness in your wrists, elbows or knees
  • Mild fever
  • Fatigue
  • A general feeling of not being well (malaise)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Unintended weight loss
  • Depression

In order to accurately diagnose whether you have polymyalgia rheumatica, you need to take blood tests as well as imaging tests with your doctor’s approval.

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