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What Is Polymyalgia, How Is It Treated?

By    |   Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014 11:38 AM

Question: I was diagnosed with polymyalgia about 4 years ago. Steroids and narcotics do not help and give me digestive problems. Most days I can hardly walk, the pain is so bad. What else can I try?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
There are different kinds of polymyalgia, an inflammatory disorder that causes muscle pain and stiffness. Some people must have some immune-suppressing therapy to be treated properly and avoid complication, while others do not.
 
Some people respond to steroids and some do not. So if your trial of medication from your primary care physician is not helping, ask for a referral to a rheumatology specialist to further evaluate your condition and review other options available to you.
 
Your desired consultations may occur faster if your primary physician refers you directly, so be sure to discuss your wishes and concerns with him or her.

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