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Question: Can anyone give me any info regarding the illness Giant Cell Arteritis?.? My mother suffers from this,it's a condition to do with inflammation of the arteries.Apart from a high dose of steroids the Doctors don't know much about it.Does anyone else out there suffer from this?

Answer: I don't suffer from this, but I have seen patients with it. There is so much unknown about this disease and there is a lot of overlap with this disease and polymyalgia rheumatica, so your mother is lucky to have gotten a diagnosis. There is evidence that adjunctive treatment with methotrexate lowers the risk of relapse so you could advise that your mother ask about this. I'm sure you can trust your doctor to know what's best. Make sure that your mother is on the look out for temporal headaches and visual problems because temporal arteritis can cause blindness. I'm sorry I don't know any more about the disease.

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