Polymyalgia Rheumatica

We’re all in this for good.

By sharing your stories and data, you will:
  • help each other live better and uncover the best ways to manage your health today
  • help researchers shorten the path to new treatments tomorrow

How much good can your data do? A whole lot, as co-founder Jamie Heywood explains in this video.

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
Alprazolam, Lorazepam, Duloxetine
Oxycodone, Acetaminophen (Paracetamol), Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen
Zolpidem, Trazodone, Melatonin
Rest, Sleep Study for Sleep Apnea, Modafinil
Duloxetine, Fluoxetine, Sertraline

What do patients take to treat Polymyalgia Rheumatica and its symptoms?

Treatments reported by members Perceived effectiveness Overall rating of side effects # of Evaluations

(Pulmison, Pronizon, Deltasone, Encorton)


These charts show data from Polymyalgia Rheumatica patients’ latest treatment evaluations
Last updated:

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

Who has Polymyalgia Rheumatica on PatientsLikeMe?

  • 181 patients have this condition
  • 5 new patients joined this month
  • 84 say Polymyalgia Rheumatica is their primary condition

Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 4
30s 6
40s 12
50s 48
60s 60
70+ 33


Distribution of females vs. males

80% Females
20% Males
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 0
20-29 years 2
30-39 years 6
40-49 years 15
50-59 years 40
60-69 years 18
70+ years 8

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 110
Not Diagnosed 10

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