Hi. I'm online and happy to answer your question today.
Right, I really need to know if this needs a quick appoinment with my GP
Yes. It is possible for you to develop giant cell arteritis again with symptoms on the other side.
Is your vision affected at all?
During your previous episode did you have biopsy proven disease?
My present sypmtoms are not as severe as the other attack although I have been feeling slightly nauseous.
I think it would be best to see you GP or, if possible, an ophthalmologist, today just to be safe.
My vision is permanetly affected as I also have AMD and had damage to my left eye due to condition. I did not have a biopsy since the rheumatologist decided that my symptoms were perfectly obvious for him to make a diagnosis.
OK. Many times, since the steroid treatment can have so many side effects, and need to continue for such an extended period of time, even with obvious signs and symptoms I like to do a temporal artery biopsy -- especially if I can find a tender area of the artery to remove -- just to be 100% sure. The surgery is not difficult and, in experienced hands, is very low risk.
Does this make sense to you?
Yes it does make sense providing I do not need a GA.
I also follow serial ESR and C reactive protein values to gauge the effectiveness of therapy along with symptoms.....
OK I used to have all these tests monthy during treatment. I was treated for two and a half years
sounds like you had excellent care.
I certainly did!!
That being said, with your new symptoms, I'd have it checked out. This beast can come back :(
OK I will see if I can get passed the rottweilers on reception and make an apointment asap.
thank you very much
Best of luck to you. Let me know if there is anything else I can do to help.
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