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Image detail for -Giant Cell Arteritis and Polymyalgia Rheumatica - What are the Symptoms? Headaches - sudden or gradual on one or both sides, mainly at the temples. Tenderness of the scalp area over the temples. Blood vessels at the temples - may look or feel prominent. Pain in the jaw or tongue when chewing or talking. Problems with vision - blurred vision, double vision or temporary sudden loss of vision.
The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) recently published the first classification criteria for polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR), a condition that affects nearly three-quarters of a million Americans age 50 and older. PMR is marked by the rapid onset of pain and stiffness in the neck, shoulders, lower back, and hips. The similarity between symptoms of PMR and other conditions also commonly seen in older patients can make diagnosis a challenge.