I read up on this condition at several different sites and kept going back to the Mayo Clinic. Its one of the best sites out there for getting good accurate info. My drs will ref their patients to look things up there.
Something I wanted to bring to your attention is they say this condition generally does not strike anyone but elderly people age 70 and on, and I know you are a long way from there, lol. I did not know if you saw that. I am only telling you this in case the dr decides not to pursue runnning the various lab tests they listed to dx a person. The claim it can be managed many times with OTC meds and if those don't work then on to steroids which is rotten even on the low dose they suggest. Steroids have a place in the medical community no doubt for short term use. But they indicate one to two years on a low dose. That is just too scarry because of the side effects and they are very real, high blood pressure, weight gain, lowers the immune system, messes up a persons sugar levels, causes osteoporosis, avascualr necrosis which is destruction of the bone and joints, just to name a few, can worsen congestive heart failure. I guess if a person is 70 it does not matter much, but this is not good for a young person in my opininon. I am speaking from experience on the steroid merry go round, I have osteoporis as a result of long term steroid use, I have lost two inches in height because of this, not to mention I go into congestive heart failure if it is given to me. It can be helpful for many other conditions on a short term babsis only. A person that needs steroids develop a true love/hate relationship with the drug, lol. It can work wonders on joint pain, severe crohns flare ups and flare ups with COPD, some of the joys of life I live with, lol. The only thing good about Poly MyalgiaReheumatic is is usually goes away on its own in one to two years, at least it is not permanent.
Its really strange when reading that article, the other disease you were trying to remember is Giant Cell Arteritis. Ten to twenty percent of the people with Poly, I call it that for short, can develop this Giant Cell Arteritis, but when reading further it went on to say that people that have Giant Cell Arteritis first, will usually develop the Poly Myalgia reheumatic. Giant Cell Arteritis does not go away and may cause visual loss, stroke or a aortic aneurysm. They say the only treatment for that is steroids.
For your sake if your dr will do the labs I sure hope this is not something you would get at your age because you are very young to be saddled with this for a year ot two.
By the way has the RF helped any or not? Mine worked wonderful for the neck and short term on my back but it took a couple of weeks for it to kick in.
crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & psoriasis and psoratic arthritis. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 17 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.