I am having a hip replacement shortly and I wonder if any of you have had this done and have any advice? I have had GCA for 4 1/2 years and have finally managed to reduce the prednisolone to 1 mg a day. The surgeon yesterday said that I would probably have to increase the dose before the operation. I don’t know by how much or for how long and if I wil have to reduce very slowly again? It has been such a long struggle to reduce down to 1 mg that the thought of doing that again is quite daunting.
Another question: is there any connection between GCA and the long-term medication and arthritis? I have no family history of it.