Polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) is an inflammatory disease of the muscles that causes pain and stiffness in the hip, neck, or shoulder area. The cause is unknown. But this disease is the result of the body's immune system reacting against itself. This is known as an autoimmune response.
Polymyalgia rheumatica is usually treated with corticosteroid medicine. This disease usually responds to treatment, with symptoms decreasing in a few days. Medicine may be needed for 1 to 2 years or more to prevent symptoms from coming back.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Last Revised||April 10, 2013|
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