PMR brings a severe stiffness that causes a loss of function in the affected limb. The patient is unable to lift their hand above the head to do a simple action like scratching their head. Getting out of bed, standing up and getting dressed also sometimes pose major challenges. Approximately half of those with this disease complain of this stiffness. However, similar stiffness also happens to people with other forms of rheumatoid arthritis. This means patients can easily be misdiagnosed. Anyone with stiffness or shoulder pains for more than a week should discuss it with their doctor.
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