What is Polymyalgia Rheumatica?
The simple translation of polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) is pain in many muscles, which is a regrettably apt description of this inflammatory condition. Since the condition is so similar to arthritis, lupus, and other health disorders, a doctor’s diagnosis is critical to be certain you are treating the correct health condition. However, once you are certain you are dealing with polymyalgia rheumatica, there are holistic and home remedies that can help relieve your inflammation and reduce the rheumatic pain.
Polymyalgia rheumatica is most likely to strike in your 50’s or later and is twice as likely to afflict women as men. The symptoms of polymyalgia rheumatica are principally body aches and specifically muscle aches, most often in the thighs and backside, neck, and the shoulders and upper arms with the worst pains presenting each morning. There is a similar and often simultaneous condition called giant cell arteritis, which presents with very similar symptoms.
Home Remedies for the Muscle Aches of Polymyalgia Rheumatica
As an inflammatory health condition, you want to start with anti-inflammatory herbal remedies and foods. Reducing your sugar intake and eating or supplementing turmeric and/or ginger root is a good place to start. NSAIDs are unlikely to help much with the pain, so you may want to consider acupuncture and/or movement arts such as Tai Chi and yoga.