Polymyalgia Rheumatica

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Quiz: Do You Understand Polymyalgia Rheumatica?

Test your knowledge by answering the following questions:

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1

Polymyalgia rheumatica usually occurs slowly over time.

Explanation:
Polymyalgia rheumatica often occurs suddenly, causing pain and stiffness, generally in the shoulder and hip girdle, extending into the upper arms, thighs and the back of the legs.
2

Polymyalgia rheumatica can occur in tandem with temporal arteritis.

Explanation:
PMR can occur in tandem with temporal arteritis, a condition that causes inflammation of the arteries on the temples, causing pain or headaches.
3

Polymyalgia rheumatica treatments include prednisone to get the inflammation under control.

Explanation:
Polymyalgia rheumatica treatments include 10 to 20 milligrams of prednisone daily to get the inflammation under control, after which your dosage will be reduced.
4

Disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs are not a good treatment for polymyalgia rheumatica.

Explanation:
Other PMR medications include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) and analgesics like acetaminophen.
5

Polymyalgia rheumatica goes away in a few months or years in only 10 percent of people affected.

Explanation:
Polymyalgia rheumatica goes away in a few months or years in approximately half the people affected. In individuals who respond to treatment and are able to taper and discontinue treatment over time, there is a relapse rate approaching 30 to 40 percent over a lifetime.