What is Polymyalgia Rheumatica?

Dr John Watterson, MD, FRCPC, discusses what is polymyalgia rheumatica.

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Dr John Watterson, MD, FRCPC, discusses what is polymyalgia rheumatica.
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Featuring Dr. John Watterson, MD, FRCPC
Video Title: What is Polymyalgia Rheumatica?
Duration: 1 minute, 39 seconds
Title : What is Polymyalgia Rheumatica?

Presenter: Dr. John Watterson, Rheumatologist, Victoria, BC

Local Practitioners: Rheumatologist

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Quiz: Do You Understand Polymyalgia Rheumatica?

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1

Polymyalgia rheumatica usually occurs slowly over time.

Explanation:

Polymyalgia rheumatica often occurs suddenly, causing pain and stiffness, generally in the shoulder and hip girdle, extending into the upper arms, thighs and the back of the legs.

2

Polymyalgia rheumatica can occur in tandem with temporal arteritis.

Explanation:

PMR can occur in tandem with temporal arteritis, a condition that causes inflammation of the arteries on the temples, causing pain or headaches.

3

Polymyalgia rheumatica treatments include prednisone to get the inflammation under control.

Explanation:

Polymyalgia rheumatica treatments include 10 to 20 milligrams of prednisone daily to get the inflammation under control, after which your dosage will be reduced.

4

Disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs are not a good treatment for polymyalgia rheumatica.

Explanation:

Other PMR medications include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) and analgesics like acetaminophen.

5

Polymyalgia rheumatica goes away in a few months or years in only 10 percent of people affected.

Explanation:

Polymyalgia rheumatica goes away in a few months or years in approximately half the people affected. In individuals who respond to treatment and are able to taper and discontinue treatment over time, there is a relapse rate approaching 30 to 40 percent over a lifetime.

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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