Treatment of Polymyalgia Rheumatica

Question

I have just been diagnosed with polymyalgia rhematica and am really opposed to taking prednisone. Do you have any studies using natural herbs for this?

Answer

Unfortunately, the only clear treatment for PMR is corticosteroids. The good news is, this is generally in relatively low doses (less than 20mg). The use of steroid-sparing medications is under investigation, but so far there are no other approved therapies.

Rebecca Manno, MD, MHS

About Rebecca Manno, MD, MHS

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Johns Hopkins University