I have had PMR for almost 3 years. I also have other issues (some hereditary and some due to medications) High Blood Pressure, osteoporosis, Inflammatory Arthritis, Meddulary Spong Kidney (kidney stones) and depression.
What I have not been able to find is the symptoms of GCA other then the fact that headaches and temple veins maybe visible. etc. I have had 2 events that have given me so much pain in my head that my blood pressure went up to over... 160 over 110.The triaged me thinking I was having a heart attack. I am 52. My eye sight was very blurry and the pain wouldn't let up after several hours. I was taking 15 mg of prednisone and neproxen at the time, along with several other medications. There was a spot that felt like I had been hit in the top, back part of my skull. After 3 hours I was told by an intern to go home and put my glasses on. "You dont have PMR or GCA...if you did you would be bed ridden" I left crying. Over a few days the pain subsided and over weeks my eyes started clearing again, but not to the same as before. A few months passed and again the headache came back but not to such a degree. I had another spot on the side of my skull which felt like someone hit me on the head again when I touched it. My eye sight messed up really blurry. At times I have had headaches which cause the vessels over my temples to kinda stick out, but they were not that bad at this time. This too passed. I told my Rheumatologist but it was dismissed because the headache had gone away after a few days. My eye sight took another downward turn, but again returned. I have had one night driving without any headache and all tail lights and street lights had a halo. Dark in the middle and the light was around that dark spot. Pretty, but freaky. This passed that night. Since then I have had nagging headaches off and on, but not bad ones. I have had bouts of real blurry eye sight and my near vision has deteriorated at least 2 levels. Eye Doctor said he couldn't figure it out. The last week I have had a pain in my jaw and mild headaches, which maybe that tjm or what ever it is. Just that this has come and gone and they say it doesn't do that. It is constant and doesn't let up. Thanks if you can shed some light.
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