Suggest Treatment For Polymyalgia Rheumatica
prednisone is the primary treatment
Polymyalgia rheumatica is an autoimmune inflammatory illness. It causes pain and stiffness in the joints. It commonly occurs in patients over the age of 50 years. Steroids like prednisone are needed as early as possible in the course of the illness to prevent pain and suffering. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents do not seem to be helpful.
Some patients respond dramatically after only a few doses of prednisone. It is suggested that the dose of steroid (prednisone) that suppresses symptoms be continued for 4 weeks. After that a very slow taper off the steroids should be attempted. Some patients need to remain on steroids for prolonged periods due to symptom return after a taper is started.
Please see a rheumatologist for the most expert treatment of this condition.