What is PMR?
Polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) is a medical condition characterized by pain, swelling and restricted movement in multiple joints especially the neck, shoulder and hip joints. The exact underlying cause of polymyalgia rheumatica is not known, however, patients with temporal arteritis, a disease characterized by inflammatory changes in the blood vessels also suffer from polymyalgia rheumatic. Usually people above 65 years of age are most commonly affected and it is rare in people less than 50 years of age. The main treatment of polymyalgia rheumatica is dependent upon oral intake of steroids.