Who Gets Polymyalgia Rheumatica & Why?

Polymyalgia rheumatica is mostly experienced by:

  • Women — twice as likely to get PMR than men
  • Age 50+ (almost exclusively), with most cases aged 60+
  • Caucasian populations — PMR is rare in black/African, Hispanic, Asian and Native peoples
  • Scandinavians/Northern Europeans are the highest risk populations

Very little is known as to the cause of polymyalgia rheumatica, but there are a number of different possible theories under consideration:

  • Infection, specifically through viruses, due to the sudden onset of symptoms in geographical areas
  • Autoimmune response, as the body fights against itself, due to some unknown trigger
  • Inherited (genetic) factors, due to the preponderance of the disease in certain types of people
  • Food sensitivities, as has been reported to be connected to vascular inflammation in general