Temporal arteritis or giant cell arteritis is an autoimmune condition characterized by the inflammation of the temporal arteries (blood vessels around the scalp). The symptoms include headaches, fever, jaw pain, fatigue, and vision loss. Although there is currently no cure, the symptoms are managed with the help of high-dose steroids. The treatment should begin as soon as possible to prevent serious complications.
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Query: Hi doctor, I have been having a throbbing pressure pain on the left side of my head for three days now. It is between my upper ear and temple and going about an inch up my head. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Are you experiencing any noticeable swelling or a cord-like protrusion in the temple area? Do you observe any associated visual disruptions such as partial vision loss, alongside jaw pain that intensifies during chewing? If you answer 'yes' to any of these, it's crucial ... Read Full »
Query: Hello doctor, One of my family members has been diagnosed with temporal arteritis. She has had a history of focal, temporal headaches for three days. There is no history of neuro deficits, visual changes, and no jaw claudication. During her routine bloodwork, ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate) was... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and can understand your concern. Before starting an old patient on high-dose steroids with significant side effects, one simple investigation that may help is arterial doppler, if the patient can do it. The one problem with temporal arteritis is it ... Read Full »
Query: Hello doctor, I woke up with a throbbing headache. Previously I was alright before going to sleep which was around 2 AM. Lately, I have been sleeping very late due to working at home for long hours. Please help. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from throbbing headaches during waking up. Headache which is throbbing in nature may result from the dilation of blood vessels from increased blood flow. Headache is very common in ev... Read Full »