Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR) Make an Appointment Find a Doctor Ask a Question Reviewed by National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. (April 01, 2009) Polymyalgia rheumatica is a rheumatic disorder associated with moderate-to-severe musculoskeletal pain and stiffness in the neck, shoulder, and hip area. Stiffness is most noticeable in the morning or after a period of inactivity, and typically lasts longer than 30 minutes. This disorder may develop rapidly; in some people it comes on literally overnight. But for most people, polymyalgia rheumatica develops more gradually. Polymyalgia rheumatica usually resolves within one to two years. The symptoms of polymyalgia rheumatica are quickly controlled by treatment with corticosteroids, but symptoms return if treatment is stopped too early. Corticosteroid treatment does not appear to influence the length of the disease. Programs & Services Early Rheumatoid Arthritis Clinical Trials For more than 100 years, National Jewish Health has been committed to finding new treatments and cures for diseases. Search our clinical trials.