Tuesday, 23 April 2013 18:34

Polymyalgia Rheumatica! What On Earth Is That?

If you have recently ended up in a doctor's office and been told that you have polymyalgia rheumatica, it is quite possible that the name alone was enough to scare you.  A disease with such a long name ... it has got to be something horrendous!  I am sure that your doctor did follow up with an explanation of what it is, but you quite possibly have a number of questions running around in your head. What exactly is polymyalgia rheumatica or PMR? Breaking down the name will

certainly give you some clarification as to what it is, and why it has such a long name. The word poly means many. Myalgia means pain in the muscles, and rheumatica means inflammation. Putting these meanings together tells you that you have pain and inflammation in many muscles.

And if you have polymyalgia, you will certainly agree that the name is very accurate.

Your pain will occur in certain parts of your body, and this pattern is one of the methods by which your doctor is able to diagnose your disorder. The pain you experience with polymyalgia occurs in your shoulders and hips and the joints and muscles surrounding those regions. That means that your pain could possibly extend to joints and muscles in your neck, upper arms, buttocks, and upper thighs.

Another symptom that will play a part in your diagnosis is the fact that you will be experiencing pain and stiffness in the mornings. Getting out of bed and moving around can be extremely difficult, and for some people it becomes impossible. You may require assistance to get up in the mornings, and to get dressed. Your pain and stiffness will lessen as the day goes on, but it can have an effect on your ability to move around, and complete your daily activities, specially in the early part of your day.

For some people, polymyalgia starts slowly, with just one joint causing discomfort, and increasing over a few weeks. Other people report going to bed fine one evening and waking up stiff, in pain and unable to move.

Thankfully, polymyalgia is not an irreversible disease, and most individuals recover in about two years but it does need to be coped with and treated until you have recuperated. Since it is a long term illness, it is a good idea to find out all you are able to about polymyalgia and how it will affect your body.

Ask your doctor to interpret the tests he has carried out, and which ones he will continue to do. Retain duplicates of all your blood tests so that you can keep track of your progress. Keep notes of your visits, and jot down any concerns so that you will be able to ask him at your next visit. There will be changes in your health, and medications, and it can be helpful to be able to refer back to your notes.

If you have had a diagnosis of polymyalgia rheumatica, you can find that you have a lot of question that you want answered. If you are struggling to find answers and support click on this link and get your questions answered today.


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