I posted earlier as a young man (23 years old) who developed temporal arteritis in mid March 2015 after working at a power plant from January 2015 through March 2015. I was a chemical engineer working at this power plant and performed daily chemical analysis of an amine-based organic solvent in an on-site lab. I most likely inhaled some of the solvent at my work since I had to breathe inside the lab, but took precautions (face mask, gloves, etc). Could the fact that I developed GCA at such a young age suggest that my exposure to chemicals at work was a possible significant contributing factor to the onset of my illness?
1. Does anyone know of any person (or himself or herself) that caught GCA after exposure to a chemical (possibly through work or at home)?
2. Does anyone know of any ongoing research (and where is this research) focused at identifying a relationship between chemical exposure and the onset of vasculitis such as GCA? Is this research well documented and substantially proven?
3. Has anyone had or heard of anyone getting genetic testing for any genes that may predispose someone to vasculitis such as GCA? If so, what are the genes and what types of testing are available? Is there any research focused on finding treatments for GCA based on genetics (such as specific protein suppression therapy)? I just cannot believe there are no other current staple treatments for GCA other than prednisone therapy, which has far too many side effects in my opinion. Heck, if there are no other viable treatments besides prednisone, I'll find one!