polymyalgia rheumatica

Thinking this can have a bacterial cause as well - anyone know?

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Polymyalgia rheumatica

Yes, luckypenny.....my Mom's rheumatologist gave her pamphets about this and several other related illnesses/diseasesi which often go along with RA...From what I understand , ALL of the rheumatoid related illnesses do have a probable mycoplasma link as the root cause...so do many of the other autoimmune diseases.

Diana

The idea that the villain is

The idea that the villain is mycoplasma seems to mostly come from Thomas McPherson Brown, MD, who treated a lot of rheumatoid arthritis with antibioticsi.  He was working before modern DNA techniques for identifying germs became available, so it's uncertain whether he was really dealing mostly with mycoplasma.  He was also more a doctor than a researcher, spending his energy mostly on treating people rather than on figuring out things.  Mycoplasma are a decent suspect, but what he was treating could easily have been something else.  (Unless someone since then has done a good DNA study, in which case I'd appreciate a pointer.)

Thank you all - I am trying

Thank you all - I am trying to pass on this information ;)

Thank you for this Diana!

Thank you for this Diana! What I thought......Linda