3. Polymyalgia Rheumatica Symptoms
As mentioned, polymyalgia rheumatica affects the larger muscles of the body. A person who has polymyalgia rheumatica may first start to notice aches and stiffness in the larger muscles of the upper arms and throughout the shoulders. Similar aches and pains may occur in the hips and in the neck as well. This pain may make it difficult to raise your arms over your head, to get out of a chair, and even to turn over in bed.
Most of the time the stiffness or soreness will be the worst in the morning and will ease up a bit during the latter part of the day. Some of the other symptoms of the condition include noticeable swelling and inflammation. The tendons may be tender to the touch and there may be swelling in the wrists, hands, feet, and ankles. Some people complain about a loss of appetite and may feel depressed and tired.