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.

Common symptoms reported by people with Polymyalgia Rheumatica

Common symptoms
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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

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

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
36
Tried for
Polymyalgia Rheumatica (36) Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Prednisolone Ophthalmic)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
Polymyalgia Rheumatica (5) Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

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

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
Pain (2) Polymyalgia Rheumatica (1)
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Treatment name(s)

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

(Vicodin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Pain (2) Polymyalgia Rheumatica (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Methotrexate Sodium, Preservative Free)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Polymyalgia Rheumatica (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Morphine Sulfate ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Pain (1) Polymyalgia Rheumatica (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Insomnia (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Chinese acupuncture and aravedic herbs)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Pain (1)

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

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Treatment name(s)
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Side effects
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Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for Polymyalgia Rheumatica (14 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Osteopenia 13 more
How many evaluations
17
Tried for
Polymyalgia Rheumatica (36) Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Prednisolone Ophthalmic)
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)
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Problems concentrating 1 more
How many evaluations
2
Tried for
Pain (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
How many evaluations
0
Tried for
Pain (2) Polymyalgia Rheumatica (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
How many evaluations
1
Tried for
Pain (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
How many evaluations
0
Tried for
Pain (2) Polymyalgia Rheumatica (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Methotrexate Sodium, Preservative Free)
Perceived effectiveness
for Polymyalgia Rheumatica (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Ringing in ears (tinnitus)
How many evaluations
1
Tried for
Polymyalgia Rheumatica (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Morphine Sulfate ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Drowsiness
How many evaluations
2
Tried for
Pain (1) Polymyalgia Rheumatica (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (1 evaluation)
Side effects
How many evaluations
1
Tried for
Insomnia (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Chinese acupuncture and aravedic herbs)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
How many evaluations
0
Tried for
Pain (1)

Data from patients with Polymyalgia Rheumatica, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
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  • Mild
  • None

Who has Polymyalgia Rheumatica on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 4
30s 8
40s 18
50s 58
60s 89
70+ 54

Sex

Distribution of sex

80% Female
20% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 0
20-29 years 5
30-39 years 7
40-49 years 18
50-59 years 48
60-69 years 27
70+ years 9

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 140
Not Diagnosed 12

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