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The most common symptom of polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) is pain and stiffness in the shoulder muscles, which develops quickly over a few days or weeks.
You may also have pain in your neck and hips. Both sides of the body are usually affected.
The stiffness often feels worse first thing in the morning after you wake up, and starts to improve after about 45 minutes as you become more active.
Some people with polymyalgia rheumatica have additional symptoms, including:
See your GP if you have symptoms of pain and stiffness that last longer than a week. They'll investigate the cause.
Contact your GP immediately, or call NHS 111 or your nearest urgent care service, if you've been diagnosed with polymyalgia rheumatica (or it's suspected) and you suddenly develop:
These symptoms may indicate a more serious condition called giant cell arteritis (temporal arteritis).