Hi everyone, I was diagnosed just before Christmas with GCA thanks to my very thorough GP and rapid referral to Rheumatology. My main problems were a constant headache and flu like symptoms. I'm on 50 mg Prednisolone and haven't started tapering yet so waiting to see what happens! Though I get quite fatigued at times during the day mostly I feel very grateful for an early diagnosis. Getting my head around living with GCA for some time to come is a new bit of self discovery!
I'm wondering if anyone else has a cough along with GCA? Mine started as a dry cough and now is a bit phlegmy though relieved by Olbas pastilles. Thankfully I'm not getting a cold along with everything else!
Just before my diagnosis, my lovely partner who's 73 and myself 65 ordered a couple of Brompton folding bikes so we could go tootling around some quiet off road tracks. I think being on a bike could be a very positive thing to help my GCA. Any other activities that others have found helpful during the recovery process?
Thanks for such a varied and interesting Forum,
Hello Jane, I admire you for your positive attitude. Untough I
"only" have PMR, in retrospective it turns out to be a lifechanging disease. It learned not to make plans, but ask my body, is this okay, are you tired, do you need rest. In the beginning I had a cycletour, only 30 kilimeter, and had no problems at all. After that 4 days of pain an tiredness. That is where PMRPro adviced to start with just a little distance cycling and see how it goes. The Bromptons are the best, I do have one also. Take care, Aletta