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PMR and Cancer

Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR) | Last Active: Aug 3, 2020 | Replies (6)

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Hello @jrangel1, Welcome to Connect. Thank you for sharing your story. It's great that they were able to find the cancer and treat it. It's no small miracle that it was found in time and it's even better news that you are cancer free now. As a fellow PMR patient and one that is concerned about cancer I never thought about a link between PMR and cancer. I found an older article from 2013 that also mentions a link between PMR and cancer.

Is There a Link Between Cancer and Polymyalgia Rheumatica?: https://www.rheumatologynetwork.com/view/there-link-between-cancer-and-polymyalgia-rheumatica

@jrangel1 Is your PMR in remission now or are you still on prednisone to treat the symptoms?

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Hello @johnbishop .. thank you for responding to my post as it's important to raise awareness of cancer symptoms similar to PMR. Your article infers that PMR caused the cancer. It's the other way around; cancer manifested itself in PMR symptoms of bilateral joint pain with raised CRP and Sed rates. My rheumatologist confirmed this correlation as well as my oncologist at MSK. Furthermore, it was known by all my doctors throughout my cancer treatment, although not common at about 10-20%. My symptoms disappeared entirely after chemo was completed. I never had PMR to begin with; just the symptoms where cancer was the culprit.
I'm unable to attach an article as a new member, but google pulmonologyadvisor – paraneoplastic-syndromes-associated-with-lung-cancer and you should find it. Hope this helps. Best.
Rheumatologic system: Numerous autoimmune disorders may include polymyositis-dermatomyositis, cutaneous vasculitis, hypertrophic pulmonary osteoarthropathy, Raynaud’s phenomenon, overlap syndrome, systemic lupus erythematosus, polymyalgia rheumatica, and Still’s disease.