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I have had Polymyalgia for 5 years. The symptoms started off

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I have had Polymyalgia for 5 years.
The symptoms started off in the neck, then shoulders
and now are in the tops of the shoulders and upper arms.
Will it gradually fade away as it has progressed?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 3 years ago.

Dr. Phil, MD :

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Dr. Phil, MD :

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Dr. Phil, MD :

I'm Dr. Phil. Can I ask your first name?

Customer:

Hi Doctor Phil

Dr. Phil, MD :

Hi there. Can I ask your first name?

Customer:

Pauline

Dr. Phil, MD :

Hi Pauline. Nice to meet you

Dr. Phil, MD :

Unfortunately, there is no way to know what PMR will do

Dr. Phil, MD :

Some get better, some get worse and some stay the same.

Dr. Phil, MD :

You should notice improvement over time though.

Dr. Phil, MD :

Many folks do

Customer:

I am not in pain now, just incredibly stiff!

Dr. Phil, MD :

OK.

Dr. Phil, MD :

I'm very sorry for that.

Dr. Phil, MD :

I think it will get better over time

Customer:

Do hope so, can be debilitating.

Dr. Phil, MD :

Yes, I know. I have some patients with PMR.

Dr. Phil, MD :

It can be very hard

Dr. Phil, MD :

I'm sorry you are suffering so bad

Customer:

Bit like Arthritis at the moment.

Dr. Phil, MD :

yes

Dr. Phil, MD :

try warm compresses to help with the stiffness

Dr. Phil, MD :

regular exercise is important too

Customer:

Bones click and crack!

Dr. Phil, MD :

Oh my!

Dr. Phil, MD :

exercise and warm compresses helps my patients greatly

Customer:

Improvement is slow.

Dr. Phil, MD :

yes, this is characteristic of PMR

Dr. Phil, MD :

slow to respond and slow to recover

Dr. Phil, MD :

It will take time.

Dr. Phil, MD :

Try to be patient

Dr. Phil, MD :

patience is a virtue :)

Customer:

Hot showers help!

Dr. Phil, MD :

yes, definitely!

Dr. Phil, MD :

try a warm bath

Customer:

Yes, that too.

Dr. Phil, MD :

yes

Dr. Phil, MD :

any more questions for me Pauline?

Customer:

Does it make you feel tired, sometimes?

Dr. Phil, MD :

definitely. And the medicines too can do that

Customer:

Does it have to run its course, as I know of people

Dr. Phil, MD :

yes. For sure

Customer:

who have recovered?

Dr. Phil, MD :

many of my patients have

Customer:

Does it have to run its course?

Dr. Phil, MD :

yes

Customer:

Do many people have it for 5 years or longer?

Dr. Phil, MD :

yes

Dr. Phil, MD :

many

Dr. Phil, MD :

I have patients that have

Customer:

What advice can you offer me in dealing with it on a day to day basis?

Dr. Phil, MD :

You have to make sure that you just live a healthy lifestyle and take your medicines

Dr. Phil, MD :

1)eat right. Plenty of fruits/veggies

Dr. Phil, MD :

2)exercise daily (most important)

Dr. Phil, MD :

3)drink lots of water

Dr. Phil, MD :

4)take your meds

Dr. Phil, MD :

5)plenty of sleep

Dr. Phil, MD :

It's all you can do really Pauline

Customer:

Thank You, XXXXX XXXXX feel reassured about making progress.

Dr. Phil, MD :

you're welcome Pauline.

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Indeed you did!

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thank you :)

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