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Have aches & stiffness in legs, hips & shoulders. What could be the reason?

Jul 2013
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yes i have aches & stiffness in my legs hips & shoulders.and it gets worse when i lay down to sleep.
Posted Thu, 24 Oct 2013 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Answered by Dr. K. Naga Ravi Prasad 15 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Typical symptoms of Polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR).

Detailed Answer:
Hi, thanks for writing to XXXXXXX

All your symptoms are typically the manifestation of Polymyalgia rheumatica.

Corticosteroid prepartions forms the mainstay of treatment to resolve your symptoms of pain & stiffness. You can see the clinical response within 2-3 days of starting the treatment. These steroids are to be used for longer periods of time & to prevent relapses also. So, in order to manage the side effects of steroid preparations, a few life style changes have to be made as follows -

- Eat a healthy diet : Eat a diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat meat and dairy products. Limit the salt (sodium) in your diet to prevent fluid buildup and high blood pressure.

- Exercise regularly : Talk to your doctor about exercise that is appropriate for you to maintain a healthy weight and to strengthen bones and muscles.

- Use assistive devices : Use luggage and grocery carts, reaching aids, shower grab bars and other assistive devices to help make daily tasks easier. Wear low-heeled shoes to minimize the risk of falls.

- Calcium supplementation : Regular calcium supplements are to be taken to counter the effects of steroid induced osteoporosis.

Hope I have addressed your query. Happy to help further

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