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A condition that causes pain, stiffness and inflammation in the muscles around the shoulders, neck and hips, it is estimated that each year 1,200 new people develop Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR) in the UK alone.

An age-related condition, PMR is often diagnosed in people over 70 years old, although in rare cases it can affect people younger than 50.

Two to three times more common in women than in men, PMR is more widespread among white people, particularly those of northern European descent.

The cause of polymyalgia rheumatica is unclear. However, it is thought that a combination of genetic and environmental factors is responsible.

The following are some of the more common symptoms associated with PMR:

  • Pain and stiffness in the shoulder muscles that develops quickly over a few days or weeks
  • A mild temperature (fever)
  • Depression
  • Fatigue (extreme tiredness)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss

The cause of PMR is unclear, but it is thought that a combination of genetic and environmental factors is responsible.

As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here

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Try an anti-inflammatory diet if you’re suffering from PMR. This involves avoiding processed food, junk food and fast food as much as possible; instead replacing those items with fresh food, according to physician Andrew Weil.

Also, try to reduce your white flour and white sugar intake, and don’t eat products made with high fructose corn syrup.

Dr. Weil also recommends reducing your consumption of animal protein, except for fish, poultry without the skin and low-fat dairy products. Also avoid butter, cream, ice cream, whole milk, whole milk cheese and whole milk yogurt. Additional healthy fats can be obtained with nuts and avocados.

You can also benefit from avoiding certain types of fats and oils, including partially-hydrogenated oils found in some types of margarine and in shortening. Other oils to avoid are coconut oil, palm oil, palm kernel oil and regular safflower, sunflower, corn and cottonseed oils. Choose olive oil instead.

In some cases, food intolerances are linked to some inflammatory conditions, and as dairy and gluten are relatively common food sensitivities, it may be worth eliminating all foods containing gluten from your diet. This means avoiding wheat products, as well as any foods with rye or barley, as well as dairy products.

You may find some relief from your symptoms by avoiding drinking alcohol and coffee, too.

On top of this, it’s important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to adhere to the following:

  • Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
  • Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
  • Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
  • Avoid all fast food restaurants.
  • Avoid all canned food.
  • Eliminate conventional dairy products.  The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows.  If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
  • Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef.

www.grasslandbeef.com The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.

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Fatigue remedy via Homeveda www.homeveda.com/other-conditions/natural-ayurvedic-home-remedies-for-fatigue.html

Try this simple home remedy to alleviate the symptoms of depression brought on by PMR www.homeveda.com/mental-and-neurological/natural-ayurvedic-home-remedies-for-depression.html

Home remedy for the treatment of fever associated with PMR www.homeveda.com/infections-and-allergies/natural-ayurvedic-home-remedies-for-fever.html

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Essential oils for pain relief www.massagetoday.com/mpacms/mt/article.php?id=13161

Ayurvedic treatment for PMR ezinearticles.com/?Polymyalgia-Rheumatica—Ayurvedic-Herbal-Treatment&id=2106486

Herbs for PMR www.livestrong.com/article/314911-herbs-for-polymyalgia-rheumatica/

Foods to avoid with PMR www.livestrong.com/article/70106-foods-avoid-polymyalgia-rheumatica/

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