Oral Corticosteroids – Effective In Treating Polymyalgia RheumaticaPolymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) is an inflammatory disorder that causes widespread muscle pains and stiffness, primarily in the neck, shoulders, upper arms, thighs and hips. Usually, this condition occurs to people over the age of 50. What trigger the causes of this condition is still unknown, although some factors causing this are considered such as problem with the immune system, genetic and environmental factors; and aging.

Polymyalgia rheumatica usually goes away on its own in a year or two. But you don’t have to endure polymyalgia rheumatica for months or years. Medications and self-care measures can improve your symptoms. Among the effective treatments for the disorder are steroids and anti-inflammatory medications.

The common polymyalgia rheumatica treatment is a low, daily dose of an oral corticosteroid drug such as prednisone. Relief should be immediate. But if you don’t feel any relief using oral corticosteroids, it is likely that you don’t actually have a polymyalgia rheumatic. When this happens, seek professional medical advice.