With similar sounding names you would automatically think Polymyalgia and Fibromyalgia were similar, but the only similarity is that they both give pain in your muscles (myalgia).

Some people say that Fibromyalgia is an autoimmune disease but the majority of sites do not think that. However Polymyalgia is an autoimmune disease which gives you pain, stiffness and tenderness in large muscles, typically around the shoulders, upper arms and hips, and yet the 18 pain points in Fibromyalgia do not give you any pain. The cause is not known. Confused, yes it is a bit confusing and another reason to keep a diary of your exact pain to help your GP decide what your problem is.

Fibromyalgia is not an inflammatory condition. It is caused by abnormal sensory processing in the central nervous system. People with fibromyalgia may be extremely sensitive to pain.

Treatment differs, too. Fibromyalgia is treated with exercise, relaxation techniques, analgesic medications and antidepressants to relieve pain and promote sleep. Treatment for polymyalgia is targeted at relieving inflammation. For some people, daily doses of NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), are sufficient, but more often corticosteroids, such as prednisone, are required to control inflammation.

Both diseases tend to be in mainly women and some seem to run in families.




  1. Hello Barmac! Just up my street..thank you for letting me know you have it on your blog today.
    Yes, I really studied-up on that horrible poly(many)-my(muscle-algia(pain)-rheumatica. The ancient Vikings brought it with them, for it is a Scandanvian disease, and passed it on to the Irish, and after that all around the very edges of the shores they pillaged. Intermarrying brought it to, yes, mostly we women! Although there are men with the misery too. Prednisone is the only thing to stop the pain, but you tend to need higher doses as it progresses. (usually 4-5 years.)
    The pain and stiffness is an inflammation of the smaller veins that feed the muscles around every joint in the body. Not just shoulders, and such. Inflammation in the smaller veins causes the vein to swell inside, thus no blood supply for the joint, and one is almost paralyzed at times. Very very painful! Hard to put my bra on! I pulled mine up from the feet upwards! Hard to get-up and down off the toilet, and try to get your hand around the back! Hard to get into a car, look behind you, and then get back out.
    And of course, during all throughout that time friends say, “But you look SO WELL!” XXX


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  3. More than 116 million Americans–about one-third of the population – live with chronic pain, according to a new report from the Institute of medicine. This figure is greater than the combined number of people who suffer from heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.

    But despite the large amount of people who experience pain for months or even years, there is very little awareness about it.

    Prevention and treatment of chronic pain is commonly “postponed, inaccessible or inadequate” for many racial and ethnic minorities, women and children. “Nor is easy so to receive people from low income and education, cancer patients, seniors, and people who are in the final stage of their lives,” according to ABC News.

    Chronic pain costs amount to $365 billion per year, taking into account the costs of treatment and monetary losses resulting in diminished productivity of this disorder, according to the report of the Institute of medicine.


  4. Thanks this has been very helpful. I have fibromyalgia so does my Aunt and we think my grandmother my aunts mother
    had it as well. Interestingly my cousin does as well but his son has polymyalgia wonder if there is a link between these two
    very painful conditions this is all on my fathers side of the family. Has anyone ever heard of this before ?


  5. I’m not really sure Christine if this has been actually proven but like you it goes right through my family so I’m pretty convinced that there is a link to it.


  6. Hi I’m new here I live in USA I was just diagnosed with GCA/PR I was born in Germany my family is of Scandinavian decent .I have visual impairment no longer can drive this has been a lot to deal with .


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