Polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) is a musculoskeletal condition. It has similar symptoms to fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis, the main difference being that PMR usually responds well to treatment. PMR is characterised by severe pain and stiffness in the muscles and joints. However, it doesn’t cause progressive disability or deformity, unlike other arthritic conditions.
The corticosteroid Prednisone is the usual prescription for PMR and symptoms typically decrease rapidly. Most PMR patients require steroid medication for two years, with the condition being considered “in remission” once you have managed two to three months