Polymyalgia rheumatica, or PMR, is one of the rheumatic diseases that the general public knows little about. The medical profession lacks precise knowledge of its causes, although they have discovered links to problems in the immune system. PMR usually only affects those over 50, which indicates a connection with the aging process. Doctors have also found out that an infection can trigger PMR. Treatments with corticosteroids make it possible to cure PMR symptoms within a year or so. However, treatment has to be continued or the symptoms can come back.
Aches in the shoulder muscles are a telltale sign of PMR. Studies reveal that t95 percent of people with PMR experience this symptom. These aches usually affect both sides of the body, although initially they might be worse on one side. Sometimes these symptoms also appear in the neck, arms, hips and posterior. Muscles may feel especially tender, with tenderness increasing when you move the limb. In extreme cases, these pains are accompanied by swelling of hands and feet. However, in the most common scenario, only the shoulder is affected.
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