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Treatment for Polymyalgia Rheumatica

Polymyalgia rheumatica usually disappears without treatment in one to several years. With treatment, however, symptoms disappear quickly, usually in 24 to 48 hours. If there is no improvement, the doctor is likely to consider other possible diagnoses.
Polymyalgia rheumatica treatment most often uses a corticosteroid medication, usually prednisone. The condition responds well to a low daily dose of this medication.

Prognosis of Polymyalgia Rheumatica

The amount of time that polymyalgia treatment is needed is different for each person. Most people can discontinue their medication after six months to two years. Once treatment is stopped, polymyalgia may recur; but again, symptoms usually respond rapidly to prednisone.
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