Thank you so much for the advice and support you have given me.
My friend is definitely improving. She had the Temporal Biopsy taken last Thursday after almost three weeks on steroids. Should it have been done sooner in case the steroids will have affected the result?
She is having real problems with sleeping (about three hours per night). She saw her GP yesterday who has prescribed sleeping tablets which she does not want to take for fear of addiction.
She mentioned having a DEXA scan at my suggestion and her GP said she doesn’t have any obvious osteoporosis so refused to order one. She mentioned having back pain and he said stop taking the Aledronic Acid.
She is concerned that he will expect her to return to work quite soon. What have others with GCA experienced about returning to work? I can only assume that whilst she is taking high doses of steroids that she will not be fit to work, particularly in a job that requires sitting at a computer for various 11 hour shifts (including nights) and is at least an hours drive from her home.
I would be grateful for any advice I can give to her.