Have been feeling quite rough following my return from holiday, 0 energy, scalp quite tender, some symptoms of PMR returning, tongue felt swollen, teeth/jaw a bit achy, temple's/side of face hurt, feel sore and very hot, just feeling really rough, sweaty like I have a temperature but apparently I don't and eyes feel really strange. I'm squinting a lot, rather sensitive to light, feels a bit like my eyeballs have shrunk a bit and somebody is trying to suck them out of the back of my head, today is also rather strange, I have loads of floaters in my eyes, even when they are open. Is that normal? I often get floaters when my eyes are shut but I don't remember seeing them when they are open?
So I went to A&E yesterday at 15.00 as I was starting to think "Oh dear surely not" the good news is after seeing a very kind and helpful GP she made a referral to a consultant who wanted to see me, he was with a patient and would be down shortly. Sadly this is where things started to go downhill! I was still sitting there at 21.00 having had no further contact from anybody. I did then go to the desk and politely ask how much longer I may be waiting. Within 5 mins I was called into a smaller room and given a cup of tea, was told again somebody would see me shortly. I could then hear people saying "Oh crap he wasn't booked in" a manager popped in about 22.30 to apologize for the delay and said "Somebody will see you shortly!" at 11.30 somebody else came in and said well there's nothing we can do, they won't keep you in, go home and come back to the clinic today. (I really didn't want to stay in! my bed at home is very comfy thank you!)
Full of optimism I did indeed return at 08.45 today. After another scary gateway interview with a nurse who I really don't believe had ever heard of GCA I was told "Somebody will see you shortly" at 16.00 I was brought into a side room by somebody senior? sadly she wasn't a very good listener as she kept talking over me as I tried to explain why I was worried (And a bit scared) she then brought another DR in who proceeded to tell me that basically I was spending too much time on Google, my markers were normal, I definitely and indeed couldn't have GCA (Hooray!?) in fact i couldn't have PMR either because of the (Lack) of markers. He is going to write to my GP to tell her to stop the Pred, he was nice enough to give me 4 weeks to come off of the 15mg. Sadly he too wasn't a very good listener, when I asked why I had gone from a fit'ish 53 year old man who walked 4-5 miles 5+ times a week to an 80 year old man who struggled to shuffle to the local shop in about 2 weeks he wasn't sure, he couldn't seem to grasp the significance of how the Pred had almost completely reversed the symptoms in 5 days either. Moral of the story, don't visit Eastbourne hospital! Sorry everybody for the mad rant/ramble, am feeling rather P*ssed off! But hopefully I suppose, if I manage to survive the next 3 month's and am once more a cripple, maybe my GP will try me on Pred?