All about PMR and GCA

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Questions and Answers about Polymyalgia Rheumatica and Giant Cell Arteritis – National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (external link)

This booklet contains general information about Polymyalgia Rheumatica and giant cell arteritis. It describes what they are, their causes, and treatment options. Highlights of research are also included. If you have further questions, you may wish to discuss them with your health care provider.

Polymyalgia Rheumatica Leaflet (click to download)

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Polymyalgia Rheumatica – Arthritis Research Centre (external link)

Polymyalgia rheumatica (usually shortened to PMR) is an inflammatory condition that causes many (poly) painful muscles (myalgia), mainly in your shoulder and thigh.

PMR can start at any age from 50 but mainly affects people over the age of 60. Women are affected 2–3 times as often as men and it affects about 1 in 2,000

Polymyalgia Rheumatica Leaflet (click to download)

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Giant Cell Arteritis – Arthritis Research Group (external link)

Giant cell arteritis (usually shortened to GCA) is one of a group of conditions referred to as vasculitis, meaning inflammation in the blood vessels.

It’s called an arteritis because it affects the arteries rather than the veins. It commonly affects the arteries of the skull, causing pain and tenderness over the temples. Because of this, GCA is often known as temporal arteritis.

Giant Cell Arteritis (click to download)

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Hands on Report September 2003 – Polymyalgia Rheumatica – Arthritis Research Centre (no external link)

Practical advice on manage of rheumatic disease.

Hands on – 2003, Polymyalgia Rheumatica (click to download)

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Collected Reports on the Rheumatic Dieseas 2005 Series 4 (Revised) (no external link)

Research paper

Research dated May 2000 – Polymyalgia Rheumatica (click to download)

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Polymyalgia Rheumatica – American College of Rheumatology

Polymyalgia rheumatica (sometimes referred to as PMR) is a common cause of wide spread aching and stiffness in older adults. Because PMR does not often cause swollen joints, it may be hard to recognize.
PMR may occur with another health problem, giant cell arteritis.

Polymyalgia Rheumatica (click to download)

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What Are Steroids – Arthritis Research Centre (external link)

Some steroids occur naturally in your body. Man-made steroids act like natural steroids to reduce inflammation. They can be given in tablet form or as an injection. A steroid mixture can be injected into or around an inflamed joint to ease your symptoms. It’s called a local injection because it acts in a particular area.

What Are Steriods (click to download)

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