A Hopefully exercise still can have a place in your regular routine. As you know, this steroid can lead to a redistribution of body fat to the face, back of the neck and abdomen and is an unwelcome effect of this necessary medication. Your polymyalgia rheumatica, meaning “pain in many muscles” in Greek, can lead to just that – especially in the shoulders, upper arms and hips. It is also associated with thinning of the bones. As patients with PMR are frequently elderly, many have mobility problems and have challenges with many aspects of their daily living. Low levels of energy can be a problem, too.