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Polymyalgia Rheumatica


Synonyms of Polymyalgia Rheumatica
  • Anarthritic Syndrome
  • Arthritic Rheumatoid Disease
  • PMR

Disorder Subdivisions



    General Discussion
    Polymyalgia rheumatica is a rare inflammatory disease characterized by muscle pain (myalgia), stiffness, and additional generalized systemic symptoms such as fatigue, low-grade fever, and/or a general feeling of ill health (malaise). Polymyalgia rheumatica can be a relatively benign condition that is extremely responsive to treatment. In some rare cases, permanent muscle weakness, degeneration and loss (atrophy) of muscle mass, and disability may occur. The exact cause of polymyalgia rheumatica is unknown, although immunological factors and familial tendencies (genetic predisposition) have been mentioned in the medical literature.

    Polymyalgia rheumatica is closely related to giant cell arteritis, another inflammatory disorder. Giant cell arteritis is characterized by progressive inflammation of many arteries of the body. These two disorders have been described in the medical literature as possible variants of the same disease process. Some researchers believe they represent different ends of a disease continuum. The exact nature of the association is not fully understood.

    Organizations related to Polymyalgia Rheumatica
    • American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, Inc.
      22100 Gratiot Avenue
      Eastpointe MI 48021
      Phone #: 586-776-3900
      800 #: 800-598-4668
      e-mail: aarda@aarda.org
      Home page: http://www.aarda.org/
    • Arthritis Foundation
      1330 West Peachtree Street
      Atlanta GA 30309
      Phone #: 404-872-7100
      800 #: 800-568-4045
      e-mail: help@arthritis.org
      Home page: http://www.arthritis.org
    • AutoImmunity Community
      None
      None None None
      Phone #: (91-9) -552-9057
      800 #: N/A
      e-mail: bandrews@autoimmunitycommunity.org
      Home page: http://autoimmunitycommunity.org
    • Autoimmune Information Network, Inc
      PO Box 4121
      Brick NJ 08723
      Phone #: 732-664-9259
      800 #: N/A
      e-mail: autoimmunehelp@aol.com
      Home page: http://www.aininc.org
    • European Society for Immunodeficiencies (ESID)
      c/o Dr. Esther de Vries
      Hertogenbosch None 5200 ME's
      Phone #: +31- 73--6992965
      800 #: N/A
      e-mail: info@esid.org
      Home page: http://www.esid.org
    • NIH/National Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Information Clearinghouse
      1 AMS Circle
      Bethesda MD 20892-3675
      Phone #: 301-495-4484
      800 #: 877-226-4267
      e-mail: NIAMSinfo@mail.nih.gov
      Home page: http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info
    • Vasculitis Foundation
      P.O. Box 28660
      Kansas City MO 64188
      Phone #: 816-436-8211
      800 #: 800-277-9474
      e-mail: vf@vasculitisfoundation.org
      Home page: http://www.vasculitisfoundation.org



    For a Complete Report

    This is an abstract of a report from the National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc. ? (NORD). A copy of the complete report can be obtained for a small fee by visiting the NORD website. The complete report contains additional information including symptoms, causes, affected population, related disorders, standard and investigational treatments (if available), and references from medical literature. For a full-text version of this topic, see http://www.rarediseases.org/search/rdblist.html