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