Polymyalgia in a 17 year old ???

Question

My 17 year old daughter has all the symptoms of Polymyalgia Rheumatica but no one will make that diagnosis due to her young age. Already ruled out RA, Polymyositis, Lupus, Hashimoto’s. Any suggestions what else it could be?

Answer

HI Pam,

Your doctors are right. Polymyalgia rheumatica is not a disease of young folks.  If a good workup doesn’t reveal a cause right now, the usual course is to watch and wait.  Often times the painful symptoms will resolve spontaneously over time.  And while it is frustrating not to have a diagnosis, this is not uncommon in painful conditions.

Joan Bathon, M.D.

About Joan Bathon, M.D.

Dr. Bathon was a Co-Deputy Director of the Division of Rheumatology at Hopkins Bayview. She was also the founder and director of the Hopkins Arthritis Center.