What Is Polymyalgia Rheumatica?

Q:
What is Polymyalgia Rheumatica?

A:
Polymyalgia rheumatica is an inflammatory disorder  with pain or stiffness, resulting in pain in neck, shoulder, upper arm and back. The pain cause by this disease can be sudden or gradually developed over a certain period of time.

The cause of this disease is not yet officially and commonly discovered. There are two factors believed to be involved with the development of this disease:

  • Genetics. Certain genes and gene variations might increase your susceptibility.
  • An environmental exposure. New cases of polymyalgia rheumatica tend to come in cycles, possibly developing seasonally.
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