I've had GCA since September 2014, with the usual ups and downs on pred and the occasional flare up. A couple weeks back I woke with pains across my body and thought PMR was kicking in. The pain got worse, plus a lump developed in my groin; that too was very painful. GP prescribed anti biotic, but that didn't work. Eventually GP diagnosed an abscess that required an emergency op as it sat on blood vessels. If the abscess burst I could be a goner.
My blood test had given an ESR reading of 53 compared with my usual 5-8. My question is, was this a GCA flare up, or just a reaction to the fact that pred increases our chances of picking up an infection?