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Can I carry on working if I have polymyalgia rheumatica or giant cell arteritis?

Posted on 2 July 2020

The short answer is ‘yes’. But it really depends on the kind of work you have been doing and, to some extent, on the support you can get from your employer. You may need to make some adjustments to your working pattern, for instance going part-time for a while. On our helpline and forum, we encourage PMR and GCA patients to talk things over with occupational health or their union, if they are able to, in the first instance.  In the early days of getting used to having PMR or GCA, it can be tempting to act as if nothing has happened and you are not ill.  This is not a good idea. You may need to go on sick leave for a while to give your body time and rest to start itself on the road to recovery.