Hi - I'm |Barbara. Last week diagnosed Giant Cell Arteritis and Palindromic Rheumatisim. Had the pain and all other symptoms for 2 years - GP baffled. Recently really bad flare red, swollen, extremely painful wrists ankles. Pain in left side of head more often than normal and difficulty eating. Rhuemy started me on 30mg Pred and booked me in for body CT scan and x-rays, blood tests (last 2 ESRs 80) mentioned might need biopsy - yuk. He told me the pred would help the inflammation for now but he wants me on other medication but until have results from tests can't start treatment. Inflammation settled but let my fingers, wrists, neck, knees and ankles very stiff and sore. I have constant cramp in my left thumb which locks into the palm of my hand, very difficult to release, also really bad muscle spasms in both forearms. At this very moment I feel that the pain is coming back (especially in my left wrist and left shin bone. I really really don't want another full blown flare. Don't know whether to bother my GP. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks for this website - what a mine of information!
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