There is a wide range of symptoms that indicate if a person has polymyalgia rheumatica. The classic symptoms include:
- Pain and stiffness (moderate to severe) in the neck, shoulders, and hips, which inhibits activity, especially in the morning/after sleeping.
- Fatigue and lack of appetite (possibly leading to weight loss) are also indicative of polymyalgia rheumatica.
- An overall feeling of illness
- Mild fever
Studies have shown that about 15% of people who are diagnosed with polymyalgia rheumatica also have temporal arteritis, and about 50% of people with temporal arteritis have polymyalgia rheumatica. Some symptoms of temporal arteritis include severe headaches, scalp tenderness, jaw or facial soreness, distorted vision or aching in the limbs caused by decreased blood flow, and fatigue.