Being able to wake up in the morning and move around without pain and discomfort is something that most people take for granted. When dealing with debilitating musculoskeletal diseases like Giant Cell Arteritis and Polymyalgia Rheumatica, rising with little to no pain is rare.
If you suspect that you or someone you know may have this condition, contact Arthritis & Osteoporosis Clinic today. We can offer you medical advice, evaluate your symptoms, and help you explore treatment options.
What is Polymyalgia Rheumatica?
Polymyalgia Rheumatica causes the sufferer to feel pain in their musculoskeletal system. The pain often centers in the back, shoulders, and hips. In addition to pain, there is also a stiffness that occurs after a long period of inactivity, such as when a person first wakes up in the morning or after they have been sitting in a chair for more than half an hour.
For some people, Polymyalgia Rheumatica is a disease that begins to display symptoms gradually. For others, symptoms can appear in the blink of an eye. There is a lot that is unknown about Polymyalgia Rheumatica, including the cause of this disease. Researchers have seen a link between Polymyalgia Rheumatica and immune system problems, genetic defects, and infections.
It is uncommon for a person under the age of 50 to be diagnosed with Polymyalgia Rheumatica. This has led many researchers to believe that there is a link between Polymyalgia Rheumatica and the aging process. In most patients, the pain and stiffness associated with Polymyalgia Rheumatica clears up on its own within 12-24 months. There are treatment options that are available to help control the symptoms that must be administered under a physician’s direction. If a patient deviates from their physician’s direction or if they end treatment early, symptoms can return. As of yet, there is no known treatment that can reduce the term of the disease.
Understanding Giant Cell Arteritis
Giant Cell Arteritis is also referred to as temporal arteritis or even cranial arteritis. The disorder causes the arteries to become inflamed. Giant Cell Arteritis can also affect the arteries in a person’s arms and neck. As the arteries become inflamed, they get narrower, which makes it difficult for blood to flow adequately. If a person believes they may be affected by Giant Cell Arteritis, they should get treatment as soon as possible as this condition can result in permanent tissue damage if left untreated.
Exploring the Link Between Giant Cell Arteritis and Polymyalgia Rheumatica
Giant Cell Arteritis and Polymyalgia Rheumatica often occur simultaneously in patients. It is also common for a patient to develop Giant Cell Arteritis immediately after their symptoms of Polymyalgia Rheumatica have subsided.
If these disorders go untreated, they can cause a person to have vision loss, strokes, and other serious health problems. With both of these infirmities, early detection and treatment are key in minimizing lasting injury. Biologics can be helpful in combating both of these disorders and managing patient discomfort.
If you are having difficulty managing your condition or have questions about treatment options,contact us today. Our trained doctors can provide a customized treatment plan to meet your needs, or point you in the direction of someone that can.