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Polymyalgia Rheumatica Tips

If you have been diagnosed with

Polymyalgia Rheumatica

you may be interested in some tips that will help you in the long run. In the event that this is polymyalgia rheumatica diagnosis, with or without associated arteritis, it is important to follow the polymyaligia rheumatic treatment is generally corticosteroids at established doses.  Here are some tips on what to look for and what to look out for:

  • Your doctor is the first interested in taking the lowest dose possible but it must be right every time.
  • Daily it is recommended to have some muscle toning exercises, especially the extremities. These exercises should not promote any type of strain on the joints but should serve to prevent loss of muscle mass resulting from the stiffness and immobility.
  • You must have an appropriate diet to help with your lifestyle. The derivatives of cortisone increases the appetite for something.  You should try to maintain your weight.  This would be especally helpful if you were in good physical shape prior to coming down with the disease.  Your diet must be complete and varied, with intake of foods that are rich in calcium to help compensate for osteoporosis that can be brought on by steroid use.
  • If doing well after treatment, but the symptoms reappear, contact your doctor.
  • In the event that you only had Polymyalgia Rheumatica and start with a persistent headache, on one or both sides, jaw pain or abnormal vision, you should contact your doctor.
  • In case you already were diagnosed with giant cell and you are having treatment and the headache reappeared, please get in contact to your doctor.

Caution should be taken with any polymyalgia rheumatica treatment along with consulting a doctor to ensure proper treatment. Once diagnosed gradually resume your activities and follow instructions so you will not further aggravate your condition. The saying ‘use it or lose it’ is important to keep in mind with polymyalgia rheumatica so the more active you can be with following doctors orders will help you through this.