I was diagnosed with GCA 4 years ago in May 14. I have been steadily reducing the steroids and came off them altogether in April 2018. In February, on a holiday in Finland my right hand became very painful and swelled up alot. I went to the Doctor there and he thought I had an infection in my hand from a very small scratch. He prescribed antibiotics which helped with the swelling but not with the pain. It swelled up again when I got home and my GP prescribed Naproxin and arranged for a blood test. My CRP was then 122. My left hand also swelled up but to a lesser extent.
I have since seen my Rheumatologist who thinks it is an inflammatory arthritis linked to having GCA and suggests that I now go on Methotrexate. He says he has another patient who started with the arthritis and then went on to develop GCA. Has anyone else had this happen to them and if so what treatment did they have?