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Stories of public figures, past and present, with PMR/GCA

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Pam St Clement

EastEnders' Pat Butcher admits to using cannabis for pain relief every day and calls for its legalisation (December, 2017)


Laura Martin - Northamptonshire Sports Award Winner 2017

Diagnosed with Emphysema and Polymyalgia Rheumatica, Laura uses exercise to keep the diseases in check (November, 2017)


Dee Dee Wilde - Pan's People

Top of the Pops dance legend Dee Dee Wilde on her battle with polymyalgia rheumatica (May, 2016)


Roger Graef - Film-maker and criminologist

For months I shuffled like an old man - but an hour after taking a steroid I was reborn (November, 2014)


Princess Alexandra

Princess Alexandra Cancels Engagements, Suffering From ‘Polymyalgia Rheumatica’ (April, 2013)

Queen's cousin Princess Alexandra cancels all official engagements after falling ill (April, 2013)


Margaret Thatcher

Fears grow over 'frail' Baroness Thatcher after no public appearance for nearly two months (May, 2011)


Babs Powell - Pan's People

Pain's People: Former TV dancer Babs Powell suffers from a debilitating arthritic condition caused in part by her strenuous career (December, 2010)


Lady Wendy Levene

Wendy thought her muscle aches were signs of ageing - in fact she was days from going blind (March 2010)


Dorothy Byrne - Head of Channel 4 News and Current Affairs

TV boss who couldn't get out of bed thought she had overdone it. In fact she had a crippling disease that can blind you (January, 2010)


Photo credits

Left to right: Princess Alexandra - by LancasterII at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, Margaret Thatcher - work provided by Chris Collins of the Margaret Thatcher Foundation (Margaret Thatcher Foundation) CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons, Pan's People - by an unknown photographer - Beeld en Geluid Wiki Gallery Top Pop Specials Beeld en Geluid, CC BY-SA 3.0, Pam St Clement - by AnemoneProjectors - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Dorothy Byrne


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