I was diagnosed with PMR on 8 May this year and was treated with 15mg Pred - magic!! Then towards the end of June, I developed quite bad headaches together with ringing in my left ear and dizziness. My doctor wasn't sure what was happening so on 3 July I had an appointment with a rheumatologist. She wasn't sure whether it was GCA so increased my dose to 40mg. She also arranged a biopsy for 10 days later but, as I'd already been on Pred for over two months, it was decided there was no point in doing this - to which I totally agreed!! The headaches stopped but the ringing and dizziness are still there - at their worst after I've taken my Pred then easing off as the day goes on.
To add to the mix, I started to get severe toothache at about the same time - under a crowned back tooth - so had to take antibiotics for 5 days. The pain stopped but the ringing in the ear and the dizziness have continued. By last week, I became convinced that these are in fact due to Pred side effects but last week the toothache returned with a vengeance! Again my dentist prescribed antibiotics but this time they aren't dealing with the pain, nor does the co-codemol which usually helps.
So, I now have "toothache" which is also effecting all the right side of my face - if indeed it IS toothache - and am wondering which it could be. I see the rheumatologist again on Thursday of next week and as yet have no new problem with vision. Just wondering whether anyone has experienced anything similar?
I've had some very difficult things to handle over the years but this is reducing me to a frightened version of the person I normally am - I actually cried when I last saw the doctor, which isn't a bit like me😟