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, fatigue, pain, and stress) 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
27
Tried for
polymyalgia rheumatica (27)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
pain (3) polymyalgia rheumatica (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Apo-Methotrexate)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
polymyalgia rheumatica (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

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

(BuTrans 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)

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 (18 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain bruising 25 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
polymyalgia rheumatica (27)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
memory problems
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
pain (3) polymyalgia rheumatica (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Apo-Methotrexate)
Perceived effectiveness
for polymyalgia rheumatica (2 evaluations)
Side effects
elevated liver enzymes interstitial cystitis 1 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
polymyalgia rheumatica (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (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)

(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
No evaluations
Side effects
sleep walking
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (1) polymyalgia rheumatica (1)
Treatment name(s)

(BuTrans patch)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (12 evaluations)
Side effects
grogginess pain worsened
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Celebrex)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (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 22
50s 98
60s 155
70+ 128
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1
20-29 years 6
30-39 years 9
40-49 years 33
50-59 years 68
60-69 years 38
70+ years 14

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 73
Female 346

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 207
Not Diagnosed 16

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