I had my appointment with the Rheumatologist today as part of the suspected GCA diagnosis.
Glad to say I dont have GCA!
However, she said she doesn't think I have PMR but Rheumatoid Arthritis following a physical examination and symptoms.
Wondered if others have had the same conversations following a Rheumatology appointment.
I've had a steroid injection today, been put on sulfasalazine and told to stop Pred with immediate effect. There is a history of RA in my family (grandmother). Would appreciate any advice/opinions please. I must say even though I've been on 60 mg Pred the past 12 days I have been struggling with pain etc.
Thanks in advance.
Although pred often helps in RA it isn't as good as in PMR and if you have joint pain it also makes it less likely it is PMR. 60mg would have reduced PMR symptoms very quickly. What were your ?GCA symptoms?
I had textbook PMR except for no raised blood markers but the rheumy I saw wanted it to be an inflammatory arthritis despite no joint pain or other indications and all the tests he did were negative! 10+ years later still no sign of arthritis.
Re the GCA, I had headaches, jaw pain (but waiting to see ENT for potential TMJ) and sensitive scalp. Rheumatologist said headache could actually be a migraine, and I do suffer from these sometimes.
I'm so grateful for all your help PMRpro and if I dont have PMR I shall be sad to say farewell xxx