Polymyalgia Rheumatica is an inflammatory disorder in which the joints become painful and stiff. The tissues surrounding the joints are also involved and may pain. Most commonly affected joints are shoulders and hip. The cervical spine (neck) may also be affected sometimes.
There is one more condition which occurs with the Polymyalgia Rheumatica. The condition is known as giant cell arteritis. The two problems are known to be linked to one another. In general populace, about half of the affected individual with Polymyalgia Rheumatica can also have giant cell arteritis.
Among the two disorders, Polymyalgia Rheumatica is more common and Giant Cell Arteritis is more deadly because it can cause loss of sight and can lead to a stroke.
Epidemiology: The common age of affection is 50 years and onwards, the risk increases with the age.