Common Conditions -
Polymyalgia rheumatica and giant cell arteritis

Polymyalgia rheumatica is an inflammatory condition that usually occurs in people over the age of 60. Patients usually present with pain and stiffness in the shoulder and pelvic girdle (thighs and buttocks) and have great difficulty getting out of bed as a result of the stiffness. Flu-like symptoms and loss of appetite often occur. Giant cell (temporal) arteritis occurs in patients over the age of 50 and can occur alongside polymyalgia rheumatica. The main symptoms are stiffness in the jaw when chewing food, headache (usually over the temples but occasionally over the back of the head), tenderness when brushing the hair, and occasionally visual disturbance that can occasionally lead to loss of vision. Both of these conditions are treated with steroids and require prompt assessment.


Clinics at:

The Princess Margaret Hospital
Osborne Road
Windsor SL4 3SJ

The Bridge Clinic
Oldfield Lodge
Bridge Road


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