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
23
Tried for
polymyalgia rheumatica (23)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Trexall)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
polymyalgia rheumatica (3)
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)

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

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

(Ibuprofen Prescription)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (1) polymyalgia rheumatica (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Mobility scooter)
Type
Equipment
How many have tried
2
Tried for
fatigue (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Manual fold up)
Type
Equipment
How many have tried
2
Tried for
fatigue (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 (16 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain brain fog 15 more
Total evaluations
17
Tried for
polymyalgia rheumatica (23)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Trexall)
Perceived effectiveness
for polymyalgia rheumatica (1 evaluation)
Side effects
elevated liver enzymes
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
polymyalgia rheumatica (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
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)

(BuTrans patch)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (13 evaluations)
Side effects
grogginess pain worsened
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Ibuprofen Prescription)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1) polymyalgia rheumatica (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Mobility scooter)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
fatigue (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Manual fold up)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
fatigue (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 9
40s 31
50s 114
60s 212
70+ 213
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 35
50-59 years 71
60-69 years 41
70+ years 16

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 115
Female 474

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 222
Not Diagnosed 17

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