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
  • Fatigue
  • A general feeling of not being well (malaise)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Unintended weight loss
  • Depression

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
Jul. 20, 2012