Complications

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Symptoms of polymyalgia rheumatica can greatly affect your ability to perform everyday activities. The pain and stiffness may contribute to difficulties with tasks such as the following:

  • Getting out of bed, standing up from a chair or getting out of a car
  • Bathing or combing your hair
  • Getting dressed or putting on a coat

These difficulties can affect your health, social interactions, physical activity, sleep and general well-being.

In addition, people with polymyalgia rheumatica seem to be more likely to develop peripheral arterial disease.

Sept. 17, 2015