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Polymyalgia Rheumatica and Giant Cell Arteritis - Home Treatment

To feel your best during treatment for polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) or giant cell arteritis (GCA):

  • Take your medicine as prescribed by your doctor.
  • Work closely with your doctor and nurse. Be sure to report medicine side effects or any symptoms of giant cell arteritis, such as headache, jaw pain, and vision problems.
  • Eat a balanced diet.
  • Stop smoking, and avoid being around tobacco smoke.
  • Reduce how much alcohol you drink. It's a good idea to have no more than one beer or one glass of wine each day.
  • Be sure you get enough calcium and vitamin D to help prevent bone thinning (osteoporosis) if you are taking corticosteroids.
  • Get mild, regular weight-bearing exercise. This will help keep your bones strong and bolster your physical and emotional ability to handle your illness.

If any of your symptoms get worse or come back, contact your doctor or nurse.

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    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

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    Last Updated: April 10, 2013
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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