12 June 2013

Arthroblog No 10 - Polymyalgia Rheumatica

You are sailing through your seventies or eighties without a care in the world and ... wham! You wake up feeling miserable, with severe pain and stiffness in your shoulders and hips. You can’t even dress yourself. Polymyalgia means “pain in many muscles” and rheumatica is a vestige from mediaeval times and refers to the changing flow of the noxious substance called rheuma. The good news is that a modest dose of prednisolone (a form of cortisone) works magically within a day or so. For many sufferers, the condition resolves in a year or two, during which time you may need to take a small daily dose of prednisolone. 

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