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The Peril that is Polymyalgia Rheumatica!

Polymyalgia Rheumatica is an inflammatory disorder that causes muscle pain and stiffness, especially in the shoulders.

Most people who develop Polymyalgia Rheumatica are over the age of 60. However, those under 60 who suffer from Fibromyalgia often also suffer from the condition.

Polymyalgia is related to an inflammatory condition called Giant Cell Arteritis. Giant Cell Arteritis causes headaches, vision difficulties, jaw pain and scalp tenderness. It's very common to have both conditions together.


The signs and symptoms of Polymyalgia generally occur on both sides of the body and include:

- Aches or pain in the shoulders;

- Aches or pain in the neck, upper arms, buttocks, hips or thighs;

- Stiffness in affected areas, particularly in the morning or after being inactive for a time;

- Limited range of motion in affected areas;

- Pain and stiffness in the wrists, elbows and/or knees;

- Persistent mild fever;

- Fatigue;

- A loss of appetite, including unintended weight loss; and

- Depression

What Causes Polymyalgia:

Two factors appear to be involved in the development of this condition; the first being genetics. Certain genes and gene variations increase susceptibility. Secondly. environmental exposure. New cases of Polymyalgia tend to come in cycles and develop seasonally. This suggests that an environmental trigger, such as a virus, may play a role.

The Link to Giant Cell Arteritis:

Th symptoms that present with Polymyalgia and Giant Cell Arteritis are very similar. Giant Cell Arteritis results in inflammation in the lining of the arteries. Signs and symptoms include headaches, jaw pain, vision problems and scalp tenderness.

The Impact of Polymyalgia:

Symptoms of Polymyalgia can greatly impact quality of life. It can impact many routine daily activities including movement, sleep and work.

So, if or someone you know is suffering from Polymyalgia, contact Elixir Compounding today. We offer complementary face-to-face or phone consultations where we can discuss your individual symptoms and recommend a treatment protocol so you can regain your health and live life to the full.

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