Hello! At this point, I've lost a lot of faith in my doctors, so I'm coming here for advice. A little backstory: I have no known medical conditions. However, I've been sick since the beginning of March with extreme abdominal pains, dizziness, fatigue, general malaise, nausea, and sometimes a mild fever. I've been in and out of Emergency rooms and doctors offices with no definitive diagnosis. Anyway, about a month ago, I started to get jaw pain with a weird tingling sensation across the left side of my head. This eventually progressed into a headache, jaw pain, pain and pressure behind the eyes and a tender spot over my left temple over the vein there (though it does not look bigger, I can feel this vein whereas on the right side, I cannot). A few weeks ago, my vision blurred and I went to the eye doc. Sure enough, the prescription in my left eye changed and it had only been three months since my last eye checkup. When I described my symptoms, his first thought was temporal arteritis. He quickly backed up though and said I couldn't possibly have that because I'm only 27, but said he could order blood work if I wanted. As he has told me it was life threatening, I said I don't care about the odds, order the test! I believe it was the c reactive protein test, and it was negative for inflammation. Fast forward, I went to a neurologist who ran an MRI and found no evidence of what could be causing the pain or my eyesight difficulties (even with the new prescription, I still feel that I cannot focus). As of today, the headache has gotten worse. I get this immense pressure and pulling sensation in my temples when I lay down. The scalp tenderness is now also on my forehead (where a vein is located) and sometimes on the side of my head above my ear and towards the left occipital area. My jaw hurts, my neck hurts, and the spot on my temple has gotten extremely painful. I'm afraid to even touch it. It also feels as if my right side is beginning to develop it. Every time I mention TA to one of my doctors they kind of laugh it off and then move on; but when I ask what else it could be, they don't have an answer. My neurologist is now referring me to a different neurologist. In the meantime, I've been terrified! The other night I woke up unable to move or speak, with a tight squeezing sensation on the left side of my head. I'm not sure if it was real or a dream, but the left side of my face felt tight and weird for the rest of the day. I also just felt "off". Does it sound like I could have temporal arteritis? If not, what else could it be? Also, I have a prescription from a month back, of prednisone (20mg) that I was given with antibiotics for a possible sinus infection; I took one and it seemed to help but the pain gets worse after it wears off. Should I not have taken it? Does it mean I do have TA because it actually helped alleviate the symptoms? Should I keep taking it until my doctors can get with it? I truly apologize for the length of this. Thank you to whoever got to the end!
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