Today, I am going to have a 24 hour cardiac monitor. Since starting the 60 mg Prednisone about 6 weeks ago for diagnosis of GCA/PMR, I have experienced palpitations, elevated blood pressure, and for the past two days, painful "heartburn", chest pain, and severe belching.
I read that doctors often prescribe baby aspirin with the Prednisone. Have any of you taken baby aspirin. I have not heard of doing that before. Also, wondering if any have had the GCA in your aorta. If so, what were your symptoms and how was it diagnosed and treated.
Last week, my rheuamtologist had me decrease my Prednisone from 55mg to 50mg. I still have profuse sweating, and severe weakness, and an occaisional severe episode of dizziness when I stand up from sitting.
My rheumy is also adding Methotrexate once a week. I will increase the Methotrexate from 10mg to 20mg starting tomorrow.
I had to sleep in a chair last night, because the "heartburn" was so severe. I have been taking Prilosec 20mg for a long time. Last night, I also took it before bedtime, with no relief. I am exhausted.
Any comments, experience or advise would be much appreciated.
"Weeping endures for the night, but joy comes in the morning."
I also see my ophthamologist today for the GCA and glaurcoma.
You folks are so wonderful. I'm so thrilled I found this group right after I was diagnosed.
Have a joy filled day.