Treat PMR promptly with steroids

Formerly known as temporal or cranial arteritis, this condition occurs in about 15% of patients with polymyalgia rheumatica.

Aching shoulders and stiffness after inactivity are typical symptoms of polymyalgia rheumatica.

The symptoms of giant cell arteritis include headache, jaw claudication and visual disturbance.

Therapeutic Guidelines: Rheumatology says that giant cell arteritis should be treated urgently to reduce the risk of complications such as blindness.