Most people develop polymyalgia rheumatica after age 50. Sometimes this condition occurs with temporal arteritis, a more serious condition that causes inflammation of the lining of the arteries.

Symptoms usually develop quickly and include aching of the shoulders, neck, or hips.

Treatment is usually a low dose of an oral corticosteroid, such as prednisone. Although treatment often lasts two to three years, most people start to feel better within a day or two.

An inflammatory disorder causing muscle pain and stiffness around the shoulders and hips.

Consult a doctor for medical advice

Sources:  Mayo Clinic and others.

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Cases per year

More than 200,000 US cases per year

Treatable by a medical professional

Requires a medical diagnosis

Lab tests or imaging often required

Chronic: can last for years or be lifelong

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