I was diagnosed with Temporal Arteritis 3 years ago I learned that blindness and stroke was a possible outcome if it was left untreated so I started on 60 grams of prednisone, tapering down over 18 months. My symptoms were gone in 2 days after taking Prednisone (jaw claudication and tender scalp) but a week later I woke up with vision problems and called my doctor. He said to go to 80 grams for a week then 70 grams for a week then back to the 60 gram tapering schedule he gave me initially.
Two months after finishing my last dose my blood work showed elevated CPR again so I went back on prednisone for another 18 months. This time, the doctor added Methotrexate with the Prednisone. Before my original diagnosis I was in excellent health and very fit and active for a 63 year old. Now I felt like I had aged 20 years in just 2 years. The doctor’s told me they don’t know what causes these autoimmune disease and they don’t have a cure and can only suppress the symptoms with drugs. I had no energy and felt sick for 5 days after taking the weekly doses of Methotrexate and all I could do all day is sit. So I decided to spend my time reading and researching my condition and other autoimmune diseases.
One of the most important things I learned was the importance of vitamin C, not just because I had GCA, but for everyone, healthy or not. I'm taking high dose vitamin C to control my inflammation and I believe it is keeping my CRP low, which is my main goal at this point.