Treatment for polymyalgia rheumatica may include physical therapy, oral corticosteroids, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain.
Specific treatment for polymyalgia rheumatica may include:
- Physical therapy for polymyalgia rheumatica
- Calcium supplements
- Oral corticosteroid medications:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
PMR Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of polymyalgia rheumatica.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Do I need to lose weight?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- Do I need a special exercise program?
- Will I need physical therapy?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for worsening polymyalgia rheumatica?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat polymyalgia rheumatica:
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