PMR occurs in older adults who have recent onset of pain in the shoulders, neck and hips along with other inflammatory symptoms that can't be explained by other causes.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) March 26, 2012
The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters, books and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting that a new medical body has established criteria for detecting polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR).
As reported in Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin on Friday, March 23, 2012 (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/pain-articles/hip-pain-might-be-a-symptom-of-serious-disease), new health advice from the American College of Rheumatology should make it easier to understand how to detect PMR. It's mostly aimed at doctors, but patients in the know are far better off than those in the dark.
PMR occurs in older adults who have recent onset of pain in the shoulders, neck and hips along with other inflammatory symptoms that can't be explained by other causes. It is actually common in causing widespread aching and stiffness and is hard to diagnose, because it rarely shows up on physical exam. In PMR, the aching is located primarily around the shoulders and hips.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article reports that, because pain and stiffness are not rare among older adults, PMR can go unrecognized. And minimal research has been done into treatments. The new study is a step in the right direction. To figure PMR out, researchers compared symptoms to rheumatoid arthritis and other conditions that strike the shoulders and hips—then winnowed it down to exactly what characteristics existed for PMR only.
In all, PMR is a common inflammatory rheumatic disease that affects more than 700,000 older Americans. Under the new criteria, reports Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, patients 50 years and older can be classified as having PMR if they meet these five conditions:
1. Shoulder pain on both sides
2. Morning stiffness that lasts at least 45 minutes
3. High levels of inflammation (measured by blood tests)
4. Reported new hip pain
5. No swelling in the small joints of the hands and feet, and no positive test for rheumatoid arthritis
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin further reported that conventional medicine deals with PMR by administering low-dose corticosteroid medication. The new criteria will help assess how beneficial it is to treat a condition by ensuring it is the condition in question. What remains to be seen, according to Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is whether the top natural remedies for fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis can also work for PMR. These include 5-HTP, capsaicin, SAMe, acupuncture, massage, fish oil, and bromelain.
(SOURCE: "2012 Provisional Classification Criteria for Polymyalgia Rheumatica," Arthritis & Rheumatism; Published Online: March 2, 2012.)
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