I’m writing this for my mother and apologies in advance for the lengthy explanation.
My mother was diagnosed with PMR in November. We think she probably had it for sometime but as my father was receiving full time palliative care at home we were not as aware of her health issues as my dad was so poorly. She was put on Pred 15mgs and it worked initially like a dream. However within a couple of weeks she had severe headaches, blurry vision and pain in her right temple and thanks to a well informed out of hours GP she was immediately increased to to 60mgs and admitted to hospital for tests. As they couldn’t find a pulse in her temple as well as her other symptoms she was diagnosed with GCA. To cut a long story short my dad passed away at home just before Christmas and mum just made it home in time. They had been happily married for 62 years and it has hit her very hard. He was increasingly ill with heart failure and dementia for several years and mum soldiered on caring for him but I think this must have caused the GCA. She is also taking alendronic acid.
She has been having dental problems throughout with infection which occasionally clears up as well as oral thrush. She now has a severe sore throat. Amongst many questions I have is, could the sore throat be caused by the thrush? Or is it a GCA symptom? Or both? She’s being prescribed Nystin for this. I feel so sorry for her. We have all suffered as a family with dads ill health during this difficult time of Covid, but mum has borne the brunt of it and this sore throat has just knocked her. She is 82 years old and now lives alone with my sister and supporting her as much as possible.
Again apologies for the length of this and also if I don’t respond at length. Many thanks