Polymyalgia Rheumatica



Polymyalgia Rheumatica

PMR is an autoimmune disease that causes an inflammatory reaction affecting the lining of joints, especially the shoulders and hips, and sometimes the arteries and some major branches of the aorta. It is usually associated with giant cell arteritis.


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US prevalence is estimated at 0.75%

Typical Age of onset

The average age at diagnosis is 70. PMR is rarely diagnosed in individuals younger than 50.


May occur on both sides of the body and might include:

  • Aches/pain in shoulders, neck, upper arms, buttocks, hips or thighs

  • Stiffness in affected areas, particularly in the morning or after being inactive for a time

  • Limited range of motion in affected areas

  • Pain or stiffness in your wrists, elbows or knees

Generalized symptoms may include

  • Fever

  • Weakness

  • Fatigue

  • Weight loss

  • Generally feeling ill