Hi, I'm new here, came across this site (and learned about GCA/PMR) whilst researching some unusual symptoms I've had and wonder if anyone can help based on their experiences.
I'm a 43 year old female and back in April, I developed sudden onset pain in my left temple and headache which I thought was a migraine. After a week I went to GP as I'd never had anything like this before. I mentioned I'd read about GCA. She was very thorough in doing a physical check of me, but no blood tests. She said she didn't see any cause for concern and gave me co-codamol. Painkillers took the edge off the symptoms but didn't mask them completely.
I had the head pain and headaches every day for around five weeks. It wasn't at a constant level, it would change throughout the day. Sometimes my left temple felt slightly tender to touch, but not severe. Over this time I variously experienced pain in both temples, pain around and behind my eyes (I would describe these pains as stabbing), a feeling of pressure behind my eyes, and general headache. It wasn't so severe that it stopped me going to work but it wasn't fun.
Then, as suddenly as it started, the headaches and pain stopped, about 4 weeks ago. Great I thought, can't have been anything serious. However, on several occasions over the last 2 weeks, I've woken up feeling as though I've been weightlifting - aching neck, shoulders and upper arms and occasional sharp pains in the same areas. I cannot think of anything I could have done to cause this. The aching lasts a couple of days then goes away.
In general, I have lately been feeling very tired, and a bit down and lethargic. I don't have any head pain now, but I do notice a very slight tenderness over my left temple when washing my hair.
I have done lots of reading but haven't been able to ascertain whether symptoms of GCA/PMR could come and go like this without treatment. Or, if the headaches were GCA, would they have persisted and worsened?
As the headaches have stopped, I'm not sure whether it's worth going to my GP again but the unexplained aching in my shoulders and arms has worried me a bit. Funnily enough, for the last two days, I've felt good, better than I have for a while, so I don't know if I'm worrying unnecessarily.
I'd be grateful if anyone could tell me if their symptoms came and went like this prior to diagnosis/treatment.