I am a 63 yr old male shift worker (office) just diagnosed with both PMR & GCA. I am also T2 diabetic and have lymphodoema in my lower left leg both of which conspired to my missing earlier symptoms. The "girdle pains" and fatigued legs were tolerated as lymphodoema, shoulder and upper arm pains passed off as muscular(lifting weak leg out of bath) and the headaches as sinus-related. In Mid-December 2012 I suffered a prolonged raise-4 weeks- in blood sugars(around 15.0),which co-incided with a bout of cellulitis.An increase in diabetic meds appeared to resolve this. Comments from work-colleagues about my unusual tetchiness prompted a visit to my GP, where the history was recorded and bloods taken. Recalled to GP 3 days later (high ESR) displaying tender temporal area and headache I was referred direct to Hospital where more bloods;CT scan;Temporal Biopsy; referrals to both Optho and Rheumy were all done in 4 days.With no adverse reactions to steriods (apart from balancing blood sugar-varying from 7.5 to 22.5 daily-now in hand with Diabetic nurse) I now embark on the dietary and pharmaceutical conundrums--- which food & which medication for which time of the day to obtain the optimum balance?
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