Polymyalgia Rheumatica and Giant cell arteritis
Polymyalgia Rheumatica (aka PMR) is a rheumatic disorder of the joints and connective tissue characterized by muscle pain and stiffness in the shoulders, neck and hip areas. Giant cell arteritis, also called temporal arteritis, is a condition that results in inflammation of the arteries of the scalp, neck and can also extent to major blood vessels originating from heart called aorta and its branches to arms. It often starts off with flu like symptoms and is characterized by headaches, pain and tenderness over the temples. Giant Cell Arteritis is a far more serious disease than Polymyalgia Rheumatica because it can cause heart attack, stroke and permanent blindness.