Hello the Forum
I'm a bloke aged 62. Just thought I would share my story.
I was diagnosed with TA in July 2012, after many visits to my local health centre because of recurring headaches, and scalp tenderness. I was checked all over, had blood tests, and even was prescribed an anti-depressant, which apparenty works well for pain (it did not).
I visited the health centre in early July 2012 and saw a very young Doctor who agreed that the A.D.s were not working and luckily as I had not been taking them for too long to come off them. He then questioned me in great detail about my symptoms, especially eye problems and chewing. I then had a thorough examination, limb strength reflexes etc. He then made a phone call and informed me that on advice from the local rheumatology dept. it was agreed that I was suffering from TA. I was put on a dose of prednisolone 30mgs and within four days I was feeling so much better.
I was refered to a consultant who organised a Dexa scan and prescribed alendronic acid and calcium supplements, and a steroid reduction regime. The scan showed some problems but recommended that I have another scan within three years. From July to December my reduction was from 30mg to 7mg and it was over the latter period that I started to develop what I now know to be PMR symptoms. From then on my dosage of steroids has been back up to 20mgs and down to 7.5, now back up to 10mgs. I have also come down from 60mgs artovastatin to 20mgs. I must add I was having regular blood checks during this period
Just lately I have had to take time off work, I am a part time barman, so can't really walk away and rest every so often. Very frustrated as I was quite active up until lately walking and generally charging about the countryside. I am also getting to the point of thinking of finishing my job and looking for another. Thats the story so far.
To conclude on a cautionary note, I was very lucky to get diagnosed as I had been having the symptoms for at least two months previous, who knows what could have happened.
Also as I proceed with my future plans, if I come up with any useful info I will post it up.
Best Regards to all out there