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Does polymyalgia rheumatica cause fatigue and weakness?

Hi, I am a nearly 72 yr old,40- 45# overweight, relatively healthy female. I take no meds except, Recently started on a Spiriva Respimat inhaler - 2 puffs qd, due to recent dx of mod. copd - following an ekg, neg, stress echo, cxr and chest CT. 2 LL nodules - No lesions. I experience intermittent episodes of bi-lat arm weakness/fatigue - and bi-lat leg weakness/fatigue - not always at the same time, but sometimes , overwhelming. I was dx'd with PMR in 2001, after a "flare" . I do frequently have some nomal age related joint aches and pains. Could this weakness / fatigue be related to the PMR ?
Wed, 3 Oct 2018
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Hello,

Yes, it may cause generalized weakness. Most common symptoms of polymyalgia rheumatica are pain and stiffness in the body.

Other symptoms fatigue, malaise, a loss of appetite, sudden, unintentional weight loss, anaemia, or low red blood cell count, depression, a low-grade fever, a limited range of motion.

These people also may have a headache or blurred vision or vision loss etc.

Treated with painkiller medication and corticosteroid or vitamin d supplementation or physical therapy and anti depressants may useful.

Please consult your rheumatologist he will examine and treat you accordingly.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Take care

Regards,
Dr Penchila Prasad Kandikattu , Internal Medicine Specialist
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Does polymyalgia rheumatica cause fatigue and weakness?

Hello, Yes, it may cause generalized weakness. Most common symptoms of polymyalgia rheumatica are pain and stiffness in the body. Other symptoms fatigue, malaise, a loss of appetite, sudden, unintentional weight loss, anaemia, or low red blood cell count, depression, a low-grade fever, a limited range of motion. These people also may have a headache or blurred vision or vision loss etc. Treated with painkiller medication and corticosteroid or vitamin d supplementation or physical therapy and anti depressants may useful. Please consult your rheumatologist he will examine and treat you accordingly. Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further. Take care Regards, Dr Penchila Prasad Kandikattu , Internal Medicine Specialist