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
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Cortancyl, Deltasone, Encorton) 4 more
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Tried for
Polymyalgia Rheumatica (37) Pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Deltacortril, Econopred Plus, Omnacortil) 7 more
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
Polymyalgia Rheumatica (5) Pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Conzip, Dolol, Dolzam) 23 more
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
Pain (2) Polymyalgia Rheumatica (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Amineurin, Amitriptyline Troche, Anapsique) 10 more
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Insomnia (1) Pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Apo-Methotrexate, Intrathecal Methotrexate, Metex) 6 more
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Polymyalgia Rheumatica (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Apomorphine Topical Cream, InveAmp MSIR, Kadian) 16 more
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Pain (1) Polymyalgia Rheumatica (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Endone, OxyIR, OxyNEO) 9 more
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Apo-Trazodone, Deprax, Desyrel) 8 more
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Insomnia (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Ambien, Ambien CR, Edluar) 11 more
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Insomnia (2)

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)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
How many evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Cortancyl, Deltasone, Encorton) 4 more
Perceived effectiveness
for Polymyalgia Rheumatica (14 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Osteopenia 10 more
How many evaluations
17
Tried for
Polymyalgia Rheumatica (37) Pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Deltacortril, Econopred Plus, Omnacortil) 7 more
Perceived effectiveness
for Polymyalgia Rheumatica (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Change in hair texture Chronic fatigue 12 more
How many evaluations
2
Tried for
Polymyalgia Rheumatica (5) Pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Acetaminophen cream, Alvedon, Atasol-500) 36 more
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
How many evaluations
1
Tried for
Pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Conzip, Dolol, Dolzam) 23 more
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
How many evaluations
0
Tried for
Pain (2) Polymyalgia Rheumatica (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Amineurin, Amitriptyline Troche, Anapsique) 10 more
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
How many evaluations
0
Tried for
Insomnia (1) Pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Apo-Methotrexate, Intrathecal Methotrexate, Metex) 6 more
Perceived effectiveness
for Polymyalgia Rheumatica (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Ringing in ears (tinnitus)
How many evaluations
1
Tried for
Polymyalgia Rheumatica (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Apomorphine Topical Cream, InveAmp MSIR, Kadian) 16 more
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Drowsiness
How many evaluations
2
Tried for
Pain (1) Polymyalgia Rheumatica (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Endone, OxyIR, OxyNEO) 9 more
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
How many evaluations
0
Tried for
Pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Apo-Trazodone, Deprax, Desyrel) 8 more
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (1 evaluation)
Side effects
How many evaluations
1
Tried for
Insomnia (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Ambien, Ambien CR, Edluar) 11 more
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Diarrhea
How many evaluations
1
Tried for
Insomnia (2)

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 77
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 133
Not Diagnosed 11

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