So as some of you may have noticed I was MIA for the last 2-3 weeks.  I've been really ill and still am far from back to my usual self.  To recap I was diagnosed with Giant Cell Arteritis after a stay in hospital at the end of April this year.  I have been on steroids started off on 80mg a day. During the last few months I have been gradually tapering this off to get to the lowest dose possible but that would still keep the symptoms at bay.  I got down to 20 mg but this unfortunately proved…

So as some of you may have noticed I was MIA for the last 2-3 weeks. I've been really ill and still am far from back to my usual self. To recap I was diagnosed with Giant Cell Arteritis after a stay in hospital at the end of April this year. I have been on steroids started off on 80mg a day. During the last few months I have been gradually tapering this off to get to the lowest dose possible but that would still keep the symptoms at bay. I got down to 20 mg but this unfortunately proved…

What is Giant Cell Arteritis (GCA) or Temporal Arteritis (TA)?

What is Giant Cell Arteritis (GCA) or Temporal Arteritis (TA)?

Older woman touching her head in pain. Close-up of the inflamed temporal artery.

Older woman touching her head in pain. Close-up of the inflamed temporal artery.

Researchers link chicken pox virus to giant cell arteritis.

Researchers link chicken pox virus to giant cell arteritis.

Giant Cell Arteritis, Chicken Pox, Medical

Giant Cell Arteritis - An Elusive Odyssey

Giant Cell Arteritis - An Elusive Odyssey

Giant-Cell Arteritis: One Man's Exciting Experience

Giant-Cell Arteritis: One Man's Exciting Experience

Giant cell arteritis (GCA) is a debilitating autoimmune disease that causes severe inflammation of the blood vessels.

Giant cell arteritis (GCA) is a debilitating autoimmune disease that causes severe inflammation of the blood vessels.

Polywotsit | Polymyalgia Rheumatica & Giant Cell Arteritis Support

Polywotsit | Polymyalgia Rheumatica & Giant Cell Arteritis Support

Giant Cell Arteritis  http://www.osmsgb.com/Education.aspx  #giantcellarteritis #gca #headaches #pmr

Information for patients and caregivers on giant cell arteritis: what it is, common symptoms, getting diagnosed, and treatment options.

Giant cell arteritis patients 'have an effective alternative to steroid treatment' https://www.rxspark.com/blog/tocilizumab-more-effective-than-steroids-for-giant-cell-arteritis-treatment  #FDA #giantcellarteritis

Giant cell arteritis patients 'have an effective alternative to steroid treatment' https://www.rxspark.com/blog/tocilizumab-more-effective-than-steroids-for-giant-cell-arteritis-treatment #FDA #giantcellarteritis

Giant Cell Arteritis/Temporal (Cranial) Arteritis Read: http://www.epainassist.com/autoimmune/giant-cell-arteritis-or-temporal-cranial-arteritis

Giant cell arteritis is also known as temporal arteritis or cranial arteritis.

Arteritis, Temporal – Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment and Ongoing care - Also known as giant cell arteritis. A large vessel vasculitis affecting the elderly. Primarily involves the cranial branches of the carotid arteries and can cause visual loss.  Read more: http://health.tipsdiscover.com/arteritis-temporal-causes-symptoms-diagnosis-treatment-and-ongoing-care/#ixzz2XeXD7ELX

Arteritis, Temporal – Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment and Ongoing care - Also known as giant cell arteritis. A large vessel vasculitis affecting the elderly. Primarily involves the cranial branches of the carotid arteries and can cause visual loss. Read more: http://health.tipsdiscover.com/arteritis-temporal-causes-symptoms-diagnosis-treatment-and-ongoing-care/#ixzz2XeXD7ELX

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