Polymyalgia rheumatica

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What is polymyalgia rheumatica?

Polymyalgia rheumatica, also known as rhizomelic pseudo polyarthritis, 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.

Common symptoms reported by people with 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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Treatments taken by people with polymyalgia rheumatica

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
34
Tried for
polymyalgia rheumatica (34) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Panafcortelone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
polymyalgia rheumatica (3) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Chinese acupuncture and aravedic herbs)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(BuTrans Transdermal Patch)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Celebrex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Hysingla ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Apo-Methotrexate)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
polymyalgia rheumatica (2)

Data from patients with polymyalgia rheumatica, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with polymyalgia rheumatica

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

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for polymyalgia rheumatica (24 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain bruise easily 32 more
Total evaluations
26
Tried for
polymyalgia rheumatica (34) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Panafcortelone)
Perceived effectiveness
for polymyalgia rheumatica (2 evaluations)
Side effects
change in hair texture chronic fatigue 12 more
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
polymyalgia rheumatica (3) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Chinese acupuncture and aravedic herbs)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
cognitive impairment kidney disease
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(BuTrans Transdermal Patch)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (11 evaluations)
Side effects
grogginess pain worsened
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Celebrex)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Hysingla ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (14 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation lethargy
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Apo-Methotrexate)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
elevated liver enzymes
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
polymyalgia rheumatica (2)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with polymyalgia rheumatica, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has polymyalgia rheumatica on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 3
30s 12
40s 21
50s 74
60s 139
70+ 103
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1
20-29 years 6
30-39 years 8
40-49 years 30
50-59 years 66
60-69 years 36
70+ years 12

Sex

Distribution of sex

84% Female
16% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 190
Not Diagnosed 16

These charts show data from polymyalgia rheumatica patients who have completed their condition history
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