Surgery can provoke the onset of PMR, even in younger patients. PMR may be brought on by a viral or trauma origin of some type, but genetics does play a factor as well. Most patients who develop this disorder are older individuals.
Polymyalgia Rheumatica is related to another inflammatory disorder called giant cell arteritis, which can cause headaches, vision difficulties, jaw pain and scalp tenderness. It is possible to have both of these conditions together.
No specific test exists to diagnose Polymyalgia Rheumatica and many other diseases can cause inflammation and pain in muscles. There are no absolute diagnostic laboratory tests, but CRP (C Reactive Protein) and ESR (Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate) can be indicators of inflammation. Unfortunately, both lab tests also elevate after surgery.
This disorder is treated with the oral use of steroids. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) are not effective for treatment.
If you live in the Vail, Aspen, Denver and Grand Junction, Colorado area and would like more resources on Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR), please contact neck doctor and spine specialist Dr. Donald Corenman.