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Polymyalgia Rheumatica and Giant Cell Arteritis (cont.)

Home Treatment

To feel your best during treatment for polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) or giant cell arteritis (GCA):

  • Take your medicine as prescribed by your doctor.
  • Work closely with your doctor and nurse. Be sure to report medicine side effects or any symptoms of giant cell arteritis, such as headache, jaw pain, and vision problems.
  • Eat a balanced diet.
  • Stop smoking, and avoid being around tobacco smoke.
  • Reduce how much alcohol you drink. It's a good idea to have no more than one beer or one glass of wine each day.
  • Be sure you get enough calcium and vitamin D to help prevent bone thinning (osteoporosis) if you are taking corticosteroids.
  • Get mild, regular weight-bearing exercise. This will help keep your bones strong and bolster your physical and emotional ability to handle your illness.

If any of your symptoms get worse or come back, contact your doctor or nurse.

Other Places To Get Help

Organizations

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
NIH Neurological Institute
P.O. Box 5801
Bethesda, MD 20824
Phone: 1-800-352-9424
Phone: (301) 496-5751
TDD: (301) 468-5981
Web Address: www.ninds.nih.gov

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), a part of the National Institutes of Health, is the leading U.S. federal government agency supporting research on brain and nervous system disorders. It provides the public with educational materials and information about these disorders.


American College of Rheumatology
2200 Lake Boulevard NE
Atlanta, GA 30319
Phone: (404) 633-3777
Fax: (404) 633-1870
Web Address: www.rheumatology.org

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals (ARHP, a division of ACR) are professional organizations of rheumatologists and associated health professionals who are dedicated to healing, preventing disability from, and curing the many types of arthritis and related disabling and sometimes fatal disorders of the joints, muscles, and bones. Members of the ACR are physicians; members of the ARHP include research scientists, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, psychologists, and social workers. Both the ACR and the ARHP provide professional education for their members.

The ACR website offers patient information fact sheets about rheumatic diseases, about medicines used to treat rheumatic diseases, and about care professionals.


National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), National Institutes of Health
1 AMS Circle
Bethesda, MD 20892-3675
Phone: 1-877-22-NIAMS (1-877-226-4267) toll-free
Phone: (301) 495-4484
Fax: (301) 718-6366
TDD: (301) 565-2966
Email: niamsinfo@mail.nih.gov
Web Address: www.niams.nih.gov

The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) is a governmental institute that serves the public and health professionals by providing information, locating other information sources, and participating in a national federal database of health information. NIAMS supports research into the causes, treatment, and prevention of arthritis and musculoskeletal and skin diseases and supports the training of scientists to carry out this research.

The NIAMS website provides health information referrals to the NIAMS Clearinghouse, which has information packages about diseases.


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