Good morning! We arrived in Seattle, Washinton after a long hot drive from Sonoma, California. I am currently taking Prednisone 50mg for GCA. I have had "moon face" for about three weeks. My face is now so swollen, there is just no more skin so stretch. Yesterday, my cheeks and jaw hurt. I've been having jaw pain from the GCA, but this was more painful than usual.
I also had a severe headache yesterday afternoon and evening. I finally took some pain medication for that. I also tried cold compresses on my face during the night for pain relief in my face and for the headache.
Has anyone experienced these kinds of symptoms with the facial swelling. Have you had any success with any ways to decrease the swelling. We have also been in very hot temperatures the last 4 days. I have some swelling in my ankles as well.
I am slowly reducing the Prednisone from 60mg. I am also on Methotrexate 20mg weekly. I have glaucoma, and the Prednisone is raising the intraocular pressures to dangerous levels.
Other than that, Seattle is breaking in to a beautiful morning with the mountains in view.
Thanks for your continual help and advice in this crazy journey. There is no more room in this squirrel's face for one more acorn!