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

Posted 19 Sep 2016 by Nitrobunny 1 answer

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 ...

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?

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

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 ...

Giant Cell Arteritis - How long until you were able to reduce your Prednisone? I'm at 30mg. I keep?

Posted 8 Aug 2013 by Rachel330 3 answers

... trying to reduce but my symptoms keep returning and I have to resume 30mg

Giant Cell Arteritis - Can prednisone be split into twice a day instead of all in morning?

Posted 21 Nov 2012 by barb h 2 answers

I have been dx with giant cell arteritis on Oct 25th by primary doctor. This was after temporal bx, increased sed rate and crp. I was put on 60mg/day of prednisone. Labs were repeated one week later and greatly improved. My question is can I split that dose 30mg twice a day? I haev a rheumatology ...

Are you inflicted with Giant Cell Arteritis or know someone who is, do you know about methotrexate?

Posted 20 Nov 2012 by jack cox 4 answers

My wife was recently diagnosed as having Giant Cell Arteritis and has lost vision in one eye. Amongst other medications, she is currently taking 30 mg. of prednisone daily. Are you inflicted with GCA or know someone who is. She may be prescribed a substitute drug called Methotrexat!! Are you ...

Giant Cell Arteritis - prednisone caused steroid induced diabetes, what can I do besides more meds?

Posted 28 Oct 2012 by linnieg100 3 answers

Hi. I was recently diagnosed with Giant Cell and started on 100 mg of prednisone. Within a few weeks I ended up with steroid induced diabetes, and am having trouble keeping the glucose levels even, due to the pred..anyone have any suggestions besides MORE drugs? knowing that prednisone changes the ...

How soon after normal lab work can Pred. be reduced?

Posted 18 Mar 2013 by C L 1 answer

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