Polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) is a disorder that affects approximately 700 out of every 100,000 people over the age of 50 in the United States. It is characterized by muscle pain and stiffness in the neck, shoulders, and hips, with symptoms generally most pronounced in the morning. Women are twice as likely as men to develop this condition.
Although the exact cause of this disorder is unknown, polymyalgia rheumatica is believed to possibly be linked to the aging process. The most common treatment is a corticosteroid medication, usually prednisone.
(To learn more about this condition, including how PMR may be linked to temporal arteritis, click Polymyalgia Rheumatica.)