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Polymyalgia rheumatica ("PMR", sometimes called just polymyalgia) is a medical issue that involves pain in the muscles. Most people affected by PMR have pain during the morning. Sometimes the pain is in the late afternoon or evening. About 15% of people having PMR may also have temporal arteritis.
The condition usually affects women. Men can have it also.
The condition usually happens age fifty and older. People under age 50 can be affected, although only rarely.
Recent research now seems to point to both Polymyalgia and Celiac Disease having a common base: an intolerance to gluten found in wheat, barley and rye. Celiac disease has been known since the 1940's but recent research has shown that although the cause is the same, symptoms are different: Celiac disease presents painful gastrointestinal symptoms, whereas Polymyalgia manifests in pain and swelling in the shoulders, neck upper arms, hips; and stiffness and limited range of motion in affected areas. It would therefore be logical to assume that should someone suffering with either of these two diseases totally remove gluten from their diet, the symptoms should disappear.
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