ertitis due to lack of sufficient prednisolone to protect my arteries from damage, even though I had correctly diagnosed myself. I looked up the British Rheumatology Society guidelines and I was taking asprin as they suggested until my GP insisted it was stopped. I had to ask for bone protection (Calcium and D3) which was at first refused. I was using a run in anti-inflammatory for my arms and legs which helped with the polymyalgia rheumatica pain which I had had for about 6/7 years prior to the GCA flaring up. The giant cells can occur anywhere in the body but only when it hits the temporal artery is it diagnosed. A checklist of taking proper blood tests, pulses in all appropriate places and blood pressure of all four limbs would be a help to reduce the consequences of poorly managed GCA, such as serious, painful and expensive life-long illness, disability or death.
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