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.
The muscles in the neck and hips are also often affected. Both sides of the body are usually affected.
The stiffness often feels worse first thing in the morning after you wake up and starts to improve after about 45 minutes as you become more active.
Some people with polymyalgia rheumatica have additional symptoms, including:
If you have symptoms of pain and stiffness that last longer than a week, you should make an appointment to see your GP so that the cause can be investigated.
You should seek immediate medical advice if you have been diagnosed with polymyalgia rheumatica (or the condition is suspected) and you suddenly develop:
These symptoms may indicate a more serious condition called giant cell arteritis (temporal arteritis).
Call your GP immediately for advice if you have any of the above symptoms. If this isn't possible, contact your local out of hours service or call NHS 111 .
Polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) is a condition that causes pain, stiffness and inflammation in the muscles around the shoulders, neck and hips.
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.
Diagnosing polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) can often be quite a lengthy process that involves several different tests.