Hi, I'm still trying to get to the bottom of my symptoms via-a-vis GCA. For the past few days Ive been having pain in my left temple, in my left jaw, under my left ear and last night pain on my forehead (the latter accompanied by some sensitivity to touch and slight vertical swelling above my left eyebrow).
I could rationalise the temple, jaw and ear pain by attributing it to silent migraine but the swelling on my forehead and the sensitivity to touch are not usually in that ballpark.
So of course I panicked and I went to A&E - pain at the time of arrival was 7 out of 10. 4.5 hours later (ridiculous, huh) I got to see a doctor who asked me to put my hand through my hair and asked me whether I was in pain as a result. I wasn't and have never had that symptom. But I did mention the forehead sensitivity/pain and the visible swelling but he was having none of it. He said that to be temporal arteritis it has to be across the temple, not forehead. Plus the ear/jaw/temple pain had diminished to a bearable 3 out of 10 by then. So he concluded that it wasn't GCA and sent me home.
Needless to say I'm absolutely fuming at having wasted my night only to be patronised and treated like an overanxious old (but not old enough for GCA, apparently, I'm 49) lady.
I have two questions:
a. when you have GCA symptoms, do you have them continuously at the same intensity? Or can they be varying in their intensity throughout the day?
b. did your GCA come on acutely, or they've built up over time? This guy seemed convinced that it is only an acute form. Hm, I'm not convinced.
Many thanks for your help.