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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Polymyalgia Rheumatica
Polymyalgia Rheumatica [posted
Answer: Well, a lot of doctors would to reduce the risk of recurrent TB. However, it may be limited by liver toxicity. Hard to know the exact risk and would be less if the person was treated for TB with antibiotics. Coin toss.
Polymyalgia Rheumatica/ Prednisone
Answer: Polymyalgia Rheumatica is an inflammatory disease of muscle almost
always seen in patients over 50. Treatment can be non-steroidal anti- inflammatories in
mild cases and steroids (such as prednisone) in more severe cases. Steroids such as
prednisone will accelerate the aging process. This is more pronounced at higher doses
(greater than 15 mg/day), but will occur at any dosage over 5 or 7.5 mg a day. Aging
includes increased hardening of the arteries, elevated cholesterol, elevated blood
pressure, osteoporosis, muscle atrophy, graying, and fat redistribution to truncal
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