Polymyalgia Rheumatica

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What is Polymyalgia Rheumatica?

Polymyalgia rheumatica, also known as rhizomelic pseudopolyarthritis, is an inflammatory disorder that is characterized by a history of neck, shoulder and/or hip stiffness and pain in patients age 50 years or older.

What is it like to have Polymyalgia Rheumatica?

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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What do patients take to treat Polymyalgia Rheumatica and its symptoms?

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
How many evaluations
Treatment name(s)

(Cortancyl, Deltasone, Encorton) 4 more
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
36
How many evaluations
17
Treatment name(s)

(Deltacortril, Econopred Plus, Omnacortil) 7 more
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
How many evaluations
1
Treatment name(s)

(Acetaminophen cream, Alvedon, Atasol-500) 36 more
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
3
How many evaluations
1
Treatment name(s)

(Conzip, Dolol, Dolzam) 23 more
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
How many evaluations
0
Treatment name(s)

(Amineurin, Amitriptyline Troche, Anapsique) 10 more
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
How many evaluations
0
Treatment name(s)

(CPD Diclofenac 5% in Diffusimax gel, Cambia, Cataflam) 21 more
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
How many evaluations
4
Treatment name(s)

(Apo-Methotrexate, Intrathecal Methotrexate, Metex) 6 more
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
How many evaluations
1
Treatment name(s)

(Apomorphine Topical Cream, InveAmp MSIR, Kadian) 16 more
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
How many evaluations
2
Treatment name(s)

(Endone, OxyIR, OxyNEO) 9 more
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
How many evaluations
0
Treatment name(s)

(Apo-Trazodone, Deprax, Desyrel) 8 more
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
How many evaluations
1
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Data from patients with Polymyalgia Rheumatica, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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You’ve tried this treatment.

Compare treatments for Polymyalgia Rheumatica

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
How many have tried
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
How many evaluations
Treatment name(s)

(Cortancyl, Deltasone, Encorton) 4 more
How many have tried
36
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Weight gain Osteopenia 10 more
How many evaluations
17
Treatment name(s)

(Deltacortril, Econopred Plus, Omnacortil) 7 more
How many have tried
4
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Change in hair texture Chronic fatigue 12 more
How many evaluations
1
Treatment name(s)

(Acetaminophen cream, Alvedon, Atasol-500) 36 more
How many have tried
3
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
How many evaluations
1
Treatment name(s)

(Conzip, Dolol, Dolzam) 23 more
How many have tried
3
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
How many evaluations
0
Treatment name(s)

(Amineurin, Amitriptyline Troche, Anapsique) 10 more
How many have tried
2
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
How many evaluations
0
Treatment name(s)

(CPD Diclofenac 5% in Diffusimax gel, Cambia, Cataflam) 21 more
How many have tried
2
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Gastritis
How many evaluations
4
Treatment name(s)

(Apo-Methotrexate, Intrathecal Methotrexate, Metex) 6 more
How many have tried
2
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Ringing in ears (tinnitus)
How many evaluations
1
Treatment name(s)

(Apomorphine Topical Cream, InveAmp MSIR, Kadian) 16 more
How many have tried
2
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Drowsiness
How many evaluations
2
Treatment name(s)

(Endone, OxyIR, OxyNEO) 9 more
How many have tried
2
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
How many evaluations
0
Treatment name(s)

(Apo-Trazodone, Deprax, Desyrel) 8 more
How many have tried
2
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
How many evaluations
1
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Data from patients with Polymyalgia Rheumatica, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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You’ve tried this treatment.

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Who has Polymyalgia Rheumatica on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 4
30s 9
40s 14
50s 53
60s 76
70+ 46

Gender

Distribution of females vs. males

81% Females
19% Males
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 0
20-29 years 3
30-39 years 7
40-49 years 17
50-59 years 45
60-69 years 26
70+ years 8

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 132
Not Diagnosed 11

These charts show data from Polymyalgia Rheumatica patients who have completed their condition history
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