DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My mother was just diagnosed with polymyalgia rheumatica. What is it, and what causes the condition? Is the treatment safe? ANSWER: Polymyalgia rheumatica is a treatable inflammatory disorder that causes muscle and joint pain and stiffness. Proper treatment can often improve the symptoms in a matter of days or even overnight. Keeping the disorder in check as it subsides usually involves careful medication management.
Chicago Tribune by Kenneth Warrington