Is there a support group for polymyalgia rheumatica?

Community Partnerships: Polymyalgia Rheumatica and Giant Cell Arteritis Support Group. PMRGCAuk – The Polymyalgia Rheumatica and Giant Cell Arteritis UK registered charity was set up to meet the needs of people with these debilitating conditions, along with their friends, family and professionals.

What causes PMR to flare up?

An environmental exposure. New cases of polymyalgia rheumatica tend to come in cycles, possibly developing seasonally. This suggests that an environmental trigger, such as a virus, might play a role. But no specific virus has been shown to cause polymyalgia rheumatica.

Can you live a normal life with polymyalgia rheumatica?

Outlook. People with PMR typically respond well to treatment, and most eventually recover entirely from the disease within one to five years. With appropriate treatment and regular follow-up care, individuals with PMR, and even those who develop GCA, can experience a full and productive life.

Should you rest with polymyalgia?

If you have polymyalgia rheumatica, you’ll need to find the right balance between rest and activity. Too much exercise is likely to make your symptoms worse, but activity usually helps to ease pain and stiffness in the muscles of the shoulders, hips and thighs.

Does polymyalgia make you tired?

About polymyalgia rheumatica The main symptom is muscle stiffness in the morning that lasts longer than 45 minutes. It may also cause other symptoms, including: high temperature (fever) and sweating. extreme tiredness (fatigue)

Is walking good for polymyalgia rheumatica?

Walking is usually the most suitable weight-bearing exercise for people with polymyalgia rheumatica. Sitting for any length of time may cause stiffness, making activities such as driving more difficult.

Does polymyalgia hurt all the time?

The most common symptom of polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) is pain and stiffness in the shoulder muscles, which develops quickly over a few days or weeks. You may also have pain in your neck and hips. Both sides of the body are usually affected. The stiffness is often worse first thing in the morning after you wake up.

What should I avoid with PMR?

Foods to avoid

  • refined carbohydrates, such as white bread or white rice.
  • fried foods, such as french fries.
  • sugary drinks.
  • processed meats, such as salami or hotdogs.
  • red meat.
  • margarine.
  • foods with added sugar.
  • alcohol.