Polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) is an inflammatory disorder. It results in muscle pain and stiffness in the body. The effects are most common in the shoulders, arms, hips, and thighs. About 15% of people with PMR will also develop giant cell arteritis (GCA). GCA results in inflammation and swelling of arteries. This occurs most often in the head. If not treated quickly, GCA may cause permanent blindness.
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