Giant Cell Arteritis and Polymyalgia Rheumatica | Symptoms

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What are the symptoms of GCA?

The symptoms of GCA include:

  • Severe headaches
  • Pain and tenderness in one or both temples
  • Jaw pain, especially when chewing
  • Double vision
  • Vision loss
  • Pain and stiffness in the neck and arms
  • Unintended weight loss

What are the symptoms of PMR?

The symptoms of PMR include:

  • Aching pain and stiffness in the neck, shoulders, hips and thighs
  • Fatigue
  • General muscle weakness
  • Unintended weight loss

Source

Management of Giant Cell Arteritis and Polymyalgia Rheumatica by S Meskimen, M.S.N, TD Cook, M.S.N., and RL Blake, M.D. (American Family Physician April 01, 2000, http://www.aafp.org/afp/20000401/2061.html)

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 03/14
Created: 04/00

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