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Giant Cell Arteritis - How to counteract the effects of long term Prednisone use?

Posted 7 Jan 2018 by Judy5 1 answer

I am a 73 year old woman, newly diagnosed with Temporal Arteritis. The treatment is long term Prednisone, the evil miracle drug. At my age my bones are already compromised, so what do I do? I refuse to take those horrible drugs for Osteoporosis, and take care of my bones with supplements. Also, I ...

Giant Cell Arteritis - GCA Patient Paid Study: Day in the Life Interviews?

Posted 12 Sep 2017 by GCADayInTheLifeStudy 1 answer

... have a medical diagnosis of GCA. Ideally, I would like to talk with 8 people per region in the northwest, northeast, south, midwest. This study pays $150.00 per patient interview. At-home family caregivers are welcome to participate in the interview per the GCA patient's request. The ...

Giant Cell Arteritis - does this group meet locally?

Posted 8 Sep 2017 by Lidyia 1 answer

I am from Frisco Texas and would like to join a support group

Giant Cell Arteritis - I was just diagnosed with GCA this week and currently in a horrible flare up?

Posted 20 Apr 2017 by militarymom68 4 answers

... How long do these last and how often? Can I expect to be normal again? I cant work or sleep at the moment. My hands, neck, jaw and head hurt severely. I'm on 60 mgs of prednisone and pain meds and muscle relaxers

Giant Cell Arteritis - Hello, I am 41 years old. A month ago I started to have severe headaches,?

Posted 12 Feb 2017 by MayNWI 3 answers

... Temple ear, jaw and felt like top of my throat pain. I couldn't sleep on my bed bc the pressure was too great when laying down. I had/have to sleep in my recliner. I went to see one urgent care doc who gave me a zpak; said I had a headache and bronchitis. Needless to say that didn't ...

Giant Cell Arteritis - 4 months ago out of nowhere I started having daily headaches. They got?

Posted 28 Jan 2017 by juliab13 3 answers

... worse, and now are disabling. Mostly on left side, but also forehead and back of head. Jaw pain, fatigue, depression, and a little scalp tenderness (but that may be just because of headache.) My GP is looking into GCA. Question - I have bulging temporal arteries when I am in a bad headache, ...

Starting Actemra for PMR, RA and GCA looking for others currently using Actemra?

Posted 19 Sep 2016 by Nitrobunny 7 answers

Hello! I am starting Actemra next week. I was Dx with PMR in 2004 and in January of this year and landed in the hospital with GCA and the worst headache of my life. I also have RA. I switched rheumatologists and my new one recommended I research and consider starting Actemra. I would like to know ...

Is it safe to take Melatonin while taking Prednisone, Azithromycin, Aggrenox?

Posted 9 Apr 2015 by sodcurry 1 answer

I am 82 yrs old and have Giant Cell Arteritis, hence the prednisone. I also take Aggrenox and have for several years following a TIA and Endarterectomy. The Azithromycin is because I have a cold and my immune system is compromized because of the GCA

How do I relieve itching and rash associated with reaction to prednisone?

Posted 14 Mar 2016 by ijps 1 answer

I have been taking prednisone to alleviate giant cell arteritis. I have developed a very itchy rash. I am unable to stop the itching? What are your suggestions for controlling or eliminating the rash and the itching?

Giant Cell Arteritis - I have been taking steroids for two years with both GCA and pmr. Got down to?

Posted 16 Feb 2016 by Chlobo 1 answer

... 2 and had a flare. Put back up to 50 and have now got them down to 7. Have spent all afternoon in hospital as pain in temporal left flared up and although that came back ok they want me to up steroids to 40 again as they say I'm showing all the symptoms of GCA again, does this sound right?

Giant Cell Arteritis - I have been having a hard time with a rapid heart beat since I started taking

Posted 27 Jul 2015 by kkmcclendon 1 answer

... prednisone. Three times this week, my heart rate was over 130 bpm. Has anyone else experienced this

Giant Cell Arteritis - What causes neck pain and pain in my head?

Posted 3 Aug 2015 by Leelenny 1 answer

Recurring pain after 2 years and back on 10 mg prednisone and 400 mg plaquenil

This is not a question but an introduction to the group?

Posted 25 Jun 2014 by alfiqh 3 answers

Hello, having been diagnosed with Polymyalgia Rheumatica a year ago, today I learned that I also have Giant Cell Arteritis, and I'm able accept that with no problems. So I'm saying hello to all and will be an active member in the future.

Diagnosed with Polymyalgia Rheumatica and Giant Cell Arteritis in April 2013. Since then have?

Posted 10 Aug 2013 by Etsil 4 answers

... tapered from 60 mg to 15, but at 15 began having giant cell symptoms again so have been back at 60 mg for three days. Before that dosage relieved my symptoms, but this time I am still having scalp tenderness, headaches, calf cramps, eye aching--all worse with exertion. Anyone else have this ...

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