Aches And Pains: Polymyalgia rheumatica
Aches And Pains
Getting out of bed in the morning can be a challenge — especially for the many people who have this inflammatory condition.
Anyone over age 50 may be accustomed to a little joint stiffness and muscle soreness the morning after a challenging workout or some heavy gardening. Generally, a hot shower, massage, or good night's rest will put us right. But for women with polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR), those common remedies don't suffice. PMR may not be life-threatening, but it can seriously limit a woman's daily activities and take a heavy toll on her sleep and well-being.
PMR may come on gradually over days or weeks, but it often appears suddenly. A woman may feel fine one day but wake up the next morning feeling as if her health has inexplicably deteriorated. Left untreated, the condition may last for months to years before gradually subsiding. However, with proper diagnosis and treatment, the symptoms can be eased almost as quickly as they appear.