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PMR Myth busting No.4

Posted on 2 October 2023

Image shows two men chatting over coffee with text that reads: Neck Pain, Shoulder Pain, Hip Pain, Stiffness, Immobility and Worse after rest. The right hand side of the image reads: Sound familiar?

Could you have polymyalgia rheumatica? If you’ve been following our awareness-raising campaign, you will hopefully have learnt about some of the areas of confusion that make diagnosing, treating and living with PMR difficult. Today, we round off the campaign, not with a myth, but with a simple graphic that highlights the key symptoms to look out for.

There isn’t a simple test to diagnose PMR, but if you have these symptoms, and they are worse in the morning after a night’s rest, do talk to your doctor in case you have PMR.

Fact: PMR affects both men and women. It typically affects people in their 70s, but people can develop it in their 40s and above. Symptoms can vary from person to person, as can the treatment path. Many cases resolve within two years, but many others take significantly longer.

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