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2. Joint Stiffness

Polymyalgia rheumatica causes stiffness that leads to reduced function in the affected limb. It becomes difficult to lift the hand above the head, which interferes with basic activities such as getting dressed and even getting out of bed. Approximately half of the people with PMR experience this symptom, but because it is also symptomatic of other types of arthritis, it can be misdiagnosed initially.

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