• systemic sclerosis

• polymyositis/dermatomyositis

• polyarteritis nodosa

• giant cell arteritis

• polymyalgia rheumatica e.g. fibrositis e.g. plantar fasciitis epicondylitis

• prevalence about 1 in 1000 of population

• mainly affects women in 'high oestrogen' period (90% of cases)

• peak onset between 15 and 40 years

• fever, malaise, tiredness common

• multiple drug allergies

• problems with OCP and pregnancy

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