Building Your Support System
Many people have not heard of PMR
- Share your diagnosis to let the people who care about you know how they can help
- Tell your friends, family, and loved ones how PMR is affecting you
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help with things like getting out of bed or getting a ride to your doctor's office
Talk with your doctor
If you have pain and stiffness in your hips, shoulders, and neck, your primary care doctor may suspect PMR. Ask if you need a referral to see a rheumatologist, who will test you for PMR and prescribe treatment.
If you've been diagnosed with PMR, your doctor will work with you to find a treatment plan that's right for you. It's important to ask questions to reach your goals.
Questions for your doctor
Get the conversation started by asking:
What is the treatment for PMR?
How long will it take for my PMR symptoms to go away?
How long will I be on treatment?
Are there any side effects of the treatment?
How often should I schedule follow-up visits?
What should I do if my symptoms persist?
Caring for a loved one with PMR
The role of caregiver begins with trust. If your loved one has asked you to be a caregiver, you may need to help them with things like:
- Taking them to doctor visits
- Keeping them company
- Helping them with daily activities
- Listening when they need to talk to someone
As a caregiver, it can be hard to watch someone you love struggle with PMR. Know that your help with daily tasks or even just being there to listen makes a difference for them.
PMR doesn’t just affect patients. Friends, family, and caregivers feel the impact as well.
Seek support for living with PMR
PMR can make you feel like you’re alone. You don’t have to go through this journey on your own. Here are links with more information about PMR.*
Dedicated to the prevention, control, and cure of arthritis and other inflammatory rheumatic diseases, including PMR.
Helps patients by providing information and promoting research efforts for the family of vasculitis diseases, including PMR.
Part of the Global Health Living Foundation, this is a network of thousands of arthritis patients and caregivers in all 50 states.
*These sites are not operated by Sanofi and Regeneron.
Learn more about PMR and how it impacts you
Downloadable resource about PMR
This brochure takes a closer look at PMR