It is a little over 4 weeks ago that the panic button was hit and I was suspected of having GCA - whacked on 60 prednisolone and that was swiftly followed by Doxozorsin for the sky rocketing BP. I have read the book and just about everything I can find to read - discussed with my younger brother who has GCA and my older sister PMR last year GCA this year! No one was doing anything fast around Easter so nothing happened. With the help of this forum and my brother I made the decision that last week would be too late for a definitive answer to a biopsy because of the preds so I cancelled it much to the disgust of one of the GPs. Another one said it was my body! My CPR was 5.6 which is .6 above the range that lab do - and Erythrocytes were in range. My CPR was 5.6 in February 2018 so no change there. CPR went down to 2.2 on first few days of preds. I have Hashimoto's Auto Immune thyroiditis so inflammation is part of the deal. Having had no luck with Levothyroxine I self treat with Natural Dessicated Thyroid and am monitored by the GPs.
I did however have Jaw ache for 24 hours followed by a 14 day headache which is why the process began. However I did overdo things physically before that started but it wasn't worth risking doing nothing - or so it seemed. Let's say the start of the journey was pretty horrendous but then you will all know that. I have reduced the preds down to 40 with doctor's blessing and am now on 20 without her blessing and feeling human again! Preds and cranial osteopath put paid to the headaches so no symptoms now.
Any hints as to how to proceed with the Rheumy (NHS offered me 24th July so I have decided I need some answers). Am I likely to get any answers do you think - I have seen some people have been to several Rheumatologist and still not got the answers? I often prefer to see male specialists but my gut is feeling good about this one for some reason. Thank you very much.