I am due to have a temporal artery biopsy this upcoming week (still have to schedule it) to find out whether or not I have GCA or non-GCA temporal arteritis. I got a haircut today and shaved part of my head to show the part of my head/temple area where the artery pain is located (see image below). In the attached image there is a noticeable prominence in front of my right ear. I took this picture lying down on my bed to make the artery look more prominent due to increased blood flow. The prominent part of the artery is where the headache pain and tenderness is located.
At this point, because I know steroids are the only medication that helped the temple pain in the past, I am assuming I will be put on prednisone for a few months to years if necessary to stop the inflammatory response, even if the temporal artery biopsy is negative. For those that are close to finishing your treatment for temporal arteritis or have already finished it and are now in remission, do you have any permanent after effects from prednisone therapy or any persistent symptoms (headache) despite steroid treatment, which is the supposed "cure" for the illness? I want to know my long term prognosis since I am so young with this illness. Will I ever stop feeling so tired?