Polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR)

What is polymyalgia rheumatica?

Polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) is an inflammatory musculoskeletal disorder that results in pain and stiffness in your shoulders, neck and hips.


  • Pain and stiffness that is worse in the morning
  • Low grade fever
  • Weight loss
  • Sudden loss of vision, headaches and jaw pain when chewing, if you have an associated condition called temporal arteritis

Risk factors

  • Age
  • More common in individuals with northern European ancestry

Diagnosing polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR)

  • Detailed medical history and physical exam
  • Laboratory testing
  • Biopsy of the temporal artery when associated temporal arteritis is suspected

Treating polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR)

  • Corticosteroid medication such as prednisone
  • Steroid sparing agents, such as methotrexate
  • Newer more specific medications are in development

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