Hello, for the information of others, I am posting my recent experience of GCA as follows:-
I have been suffering from pains in my neck, shoulders and cheeks. My head got so sensitive I could not even comb my hair and my jaws were so painful I could hardly eat any solids. After several visits to my doctors and having at first been told I was suffering from a virus and to take paracetemol, they finally decided I had Giant Cell Arteritis. I have been prescribed Prednisolone, initially 12x 5mg a day, reducing by 2 tablets every 2 weeks. A consultant at our local hospital carried out an ultrasound scan which showed GCA and yesterday I had biopsy to confirm the diagnosis. I was very concerned about having this operation but it wasn't too bad. It took nearly an hour in the theatre and I am not in too much pain. I get the result in a week.