Hi I'm 52 and I have just been diagnosed with GCA about eight weeks ago and I am really struggling with it. I was put on 60mg of pred which did stop the pains but with really awful side effects I am so low and feel really depressed if I am not crying I am in a rage and feel so angry! I am covered in black bruises constantly hot and sweaty like I am menopausal. I have severe heartburn and struggle with my breathing( had chest x ray all good) My face is so swollen and I have put about 20 pounds on so far! I also get severe cramps in my hands and feet! I reduced pred to 30mg for a few weeks now doc has reduced me again today to 20mg I am sorry to moan but I am really frightened and want to know is this all normal? any advice welcome!