Hi, I am a 47 year old man who is pretty scared about the prospect of having both PMR & GCA. I'm new to this forum so haven't posted here before.
I just wanted to post as I'm currently finding it quite hard to concentrate on anything other than the worry I have both of these conditions. I have a full blood test booked for this afternoon (Liver function, CRP, ESR etc) and a further appointment with my GP following that.
This all came on quite suddenly 3 weeks ago after being woken from a fitful sleep with what felt like being thumped on the right side of the head. The pain from this subsided somewhat to a very low dull ache at the top of my jaw. I've been to the Dentist who feels its a TMJ disorder and has referred me to a Maxillo Facial specialist, but suggested I also get a differential diagnosis of GCA.
Over the course of the last 2 weeks, my jaw has ached and has hurt both when chewing and not chewing, so unsure as to jaw Claudication and then 2 nights ago the base of my skull started to hurt when on a pillow to the point where I've slept sat up.
My temporal arteries on both sides of my head are not tender and I can feel a strong pulse in both (but have become more aware of the one on the right side of my head) and I don't have a headache over and above the one when my head is on the pillow. About a week ago, I then started to get a pain in my left hip and left shoulder that I haven't noticed before, so I'm now starting to get concerned about PMR. I haven't had flu symptoms or loss of appetite etc., but have picked up a heavy cold last week, which is making me feel under the weather.
Apologies for the ramble but for the first time in my life I am genuinely scared about my health. I release that these conditions manifest in different ways, but would appreciate some guidance as to how best to proceed with this.
If the blood tests are normal, what should I do next?
Do this sound like PMR/GCA?