Harvard Women's Health Watch

Strange bedfellows: Polymyalgia rheumatica and temporal arteritis

Polymyalgia rheumatica is an inflammatory disorder of the joints and connective tissues. It can severely limit your daily activities and take a heavy toll on your sleep and well-being. PMR can come on gradually over days or weeks or may appear suddenly. You may feel fine one day and terrible the next. Temporal arteritis is an inflammation of large blood vessels, such as in the head. A severe, constant headache is often one of the first signs. These conditions often occur together, though the reasons for this are unknown. Fortunately, both of these disorders are highly treatable.
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