JOHN J. CALABRO OLYMYALGIA RHEUMATICA is a syndrome which has been thoroughly described in the European literature during the past decade.l-1Â° When a case came under our care recently, we were unable to find any reference t o this entity in American medical journals. The purpose of this report, therefore, is to call attention to this distressing, yet benign, syndrome. CASEREPORT A 68-year-old white married woman was admitted to the Jersey City Medical Center for the first time with a 4-week history of stiffness and aching in her shoulders, upper arms and hips. Prior to the onset of these symptoms she had been in excellent health. She first noticed stiffness and aching in the muscles of the shoulders; however, within a few days the discomfort had involved the upp-r arms, hips and thighs. Though the symptoms began after she retired, they were most severe when she arose in the morning. She had difficulty getting out of bed, dressing, and beginning her daily chores. As the day went on, the stiffness lessened, and the patient was capable of greater activity. By mid-afternoon, she was free of any discomfort. Although fever was reportedly absent, her family noted that her appetite
Arthritis & Rheumatology – Wiley
Published: Feb 1, 1963
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