The classic symptoms include:
* Pain and stiffness (moderate to severe) in the neck, shoulders, and hips, which inhibits activity, especially in the morning/after sleeping.
* Fatigue and lack of appetite
* Mild fever
There is no specific test to diagnose polymyalgia rheumatica. There are many other diseases which cause inflammation and pain in muscles, but there are a few tests that can help narrow down the cause of the pain.
Prednisone is the drug of choice for PMR and treatment duration is frequently greater than one year.