Yesterday I had a follow up MRI to make sure that the brain tumor that was removed in 2007 had not returned. It was a menengioma and benign . The neuro surgeon who is the head man at the University of Southern California explained something to me that none of my many rheumatologist had not bothered to mention. He said that arteritis is in the arteries around the brain and face but had no bearing on the brain at all. They do affect the optic nerve so the risk of blindness is there. I asked why they mention stroke as a possible danger then and his answer was that it is because most people are older that get it .HUH?? It was just one thing less to fret about as far as I was concerned and I may be the only worried but I just thought I would pass along that exchange.