I was just diagnosed with GCA and PMR and was totally shocked as i never heard of this disease before. In early January I couldn't vacuum the floors, soon I couldn't walk up steps. My GP was baffled. I am only 54. I advocated for myself and got an appt with a rheumatologist as both my aunts suffered from RA. Three months later I saw the rheumatologist and she diagnosed me immediately and sent me immediately to the surgeon within 2 hours. They both clinically agreed. I declined the biopsy as I had recent jaw surgery which was horrific. After RA week on steroids I can lay my head on a pillow and walk up the stairs without the rails. It is life changing.
Next weeks I start methotrexate and am hopeful for a quick remission. The rheumatologist is optimistic yet cautions relapse is common especially with GCA and PMR.
I would appreciate any insights, advice, etc. I am thankful for all you who have posted your situations and advice. Keep it up. We newbies greatly appreciate not being alone.