My Rheumy has asked me if I have difficulty swallowing. So I wonder if this is a symptom of GCA. I recently had a colonoscopy and endoscopy with a stretching of the esophagus. The gastro doctor informed me that my esophagus was very narrowed and wondered if it had been bothering me. He wondered if it were on account of the Pred. Actually I had felt problems in my throat, but thought that it was the trachea. I still think I might have trachea problems. I most frequently have the GCA symptoms in the arteries on the sides of my nose and inside between my eyes. I know that these symptoms and the symptom and a narrowing of the Trachea are symptoms of Wegeners Granulomatosis. But after the GCA I developed PMR that is immediately fixed with Pred. Also the blood test for Wegeners was negative. Therefore, it is very unlikely that my arteritis is not GCA. (Temporal artery was really inflamed and an arteritis was diagnosed. But no giant cells were found. Took a lot of Pred for 30 days before the biopsy. Probably took care of the giant cells.) Is difficulty swallowing, or a perceived narrowing of the trachea a symptom of GCA? Of Pred? I have never read or been told that it is. But the people on this site seem to know more than most MDs.
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