SymptomsBy Mayo Clinic staff
The signs and symptoms of polymyalgia rheumatica usually occur on both sides of the body and may include:
- Aches or pain in your shoulders (often the first symptom)
- Aches or pain in your neck, upper arms, buttocks, hips or thighs
- Stiffness in affected areas, particularly in the morning or after being inactive for a long time, such as a long car ride
- Limited range of motion in affected areas
- Pain or stiffness in wrists or knees (less common)
You may also have more general signs and symptoms, including:
- Mild or low-grade fever
- A general feeling of not being well (malaise)
- Loss of appetite
- Unintended weight loss
When to see a doctor
See your doctor if you experience aches, pains or stiffness that:
- Is new
- Disrupts your sleep
- Limits your ability to do activities of daily living, such as getting dressed or going up and down stairs
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