PMR and Cancer
Just wanted to make everyone aware that some Cancers, in my case NSC Lung cancer, can present PMR symptoms. This is known as a Paraneoplastic Syndrome. I was a healthy, active, and relatively young (58) when I had a sudden onset of severe bilateral joint pain which started in my neck, then progressed to my hips and shoulders. I was examined by an orthopedic specialist and a neurosurgeon, who conducted multiple tests and found everything to be normal. I went for physical therapy, but to no avail. I was referred to a rheumatologist who diagnosed me with PMR, after eliminating all other rheumatic diseases. I was treated with prednisone for my symptoms, which brought instant relief to my severe pain. I eventually reduced my dosage to a low dose of 6-8 mg daily. This dosage was acceptable and permitted me to revert back to my active lifestyle. Then a family friend and doctor explained that I am being treated for symptoms and there may be an underlying condition that has not yet been identified. Long story short, went for a series of tests of all major organs, and found a spot on my lung. I was diagnosed with NSC stage 2 Lung cancer (I'm a non smoker), had surgery, chemo and was placed on targeted therapy. I am so thankful to say 2 years later I am considered CURED and cancer free. I am forever grateful for my PMR symptoms, which ultimately uncovered my cancer, by the grace of God. If my story could save ONE life, please consider further testing and exhaust all possibilities of cancer before settling for a PMR diagnosis.