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Can Mold Exposure Cause Temporal Arteritis
Strokes in endocarditis are usually due to septic vegetation emboli breaking off the infected heart valve and going to the brain. Mycotic aneurysms can rupture causing severe life threatening hemorrhagic strokes.
Temporal arteritis is an autoimmune giant cell arteritis of the temporal arteries. It is associated with polymyalgia rheumatica and has nothing to do with bacterial endocarditis. ...Read more
Arteritis is inflammation of the blood vessels or arteries. This may be triggered by viruses, medications, or by your own immune system leading to what is called an autoimmune disease. There are several different forms that mainly depends on the size of the blood vessel that is involved. There are several treatment options. This is an area of specialty handled by a rheumatologist. I am happy to do ...Read more
You cannot: Consult with your physician as they may need to do blood test as well as further detailed examinations. Only by determining the cause can a treatment be designed. ...Read more
Bx confirmed?: Temporal arteritis is a serious issue and should be confirmed with bx and more recently, mra studies. It is a very high grade inflammatory disease, and requires staunch antiinflammatory rx. Pain comes from inflammation of the cerebral vessels that have "giant cell vasculitis."however, if your inflammation numbers (CRP) are down, your headaches may have another cause. Steroids, mtx, and tnf-a are rxs. ...Read more
Can migraine cause tender and painful arteries too or only temporal arteritis? I'm 25 thought this was too young for TA?
Yes: Migraines can cause a wide array of neurologic symptoms from partial blindness to scalp tenderness (including temporal tenderness). Migraine induced scalp tenderness should be transient; TA tends to be persistent. If your temporal tenderness persists you need a referral to a neurologist for evaluation. Otherwise you're looking at one of a migraneurs' common symptoms. ...Read more
Re: vasculitis, temporal arteritis, gca - does artery inflammation change - worse at times, improve or change - if so what would cause changes (?)
They could be.: Temporal arteritis, also known as giant cell arteritis, is a systemic autoimmune vasculitis that affects the lining of arteries throughout the body. It is uncommon in patients below 60 and can be chronic and recurrent. The difficulty in managment is in knowing which symptoms are not due to the gca or treatment side effects. Presentation can be highly variable. Exam and work up is key. CRP too. ...Read more
Does a clear ophthalmic exam rule out temporal arteritis or aneurysm as cause of visual problems/other unilateral symptoms? The doctor said "sounds vascular" afterward but didn't elaborate. Very worried.
How likely is it my SX are caused by polymyalgia rheumatica and temporal arteritis? Only aged 25 female. Severe headache, temple, neck & shoulder pain
Depends on duration: The answer depends largely on the duration of your various symptoms. If your symptom cluster persists over time and does not go away after 7-10 days, or runs in frequent cycles of 4-10 days, then you need to see a rheumatologist. ...Read more
Can jaw issues cause temporal arteritis or symptoms resembling it? Jaw locks & clicks on same side as recently bulging forehead artery. Normal bp
It certainly could: Disease does not follow the usual pattern in the majority of cases. Classical circumstances are found in textbooks not clinics. ...Read more
No: There are certain populations that are at risk including those of scandinavian ancestry, but it can be found in all populations including blacks, asians, etc there is not a clear picture to predict who gets it but these are generalizations. ...Read more
Form of vasculitis: Also called giant cell arteritis this condition causes inflammation in large blood vessels usually affecting the temporal arteries. Other vessels may be involved but the temporal arteries found near the temple are most commonly involved. At its worst, this could cause loss of vision in one or both eyes. It may often be associated with acheness in the upper arms and legs called poly myalgia rheumat. ...Read more
BLINDNESS: The arteritis could involve the ophthalmic artery or its branches and cause complete loss of vision on one or both sides. Risk of stroke affecting motor or sensory functions less common but possible. Why not treat it, as the process is potentially fully controllable? Talk to your doctor asap. ...Read more
Rare if possible: Temporal arteries is an inflammatory vasculitis that can obliterate the head blood vessels like the temporal artery (large sized). Systemic lupus can cause vasculitis & more often involves smaller caliber vessels in the kidneys, finger tips and organs. Medium sized arteries are rarely affected, & large vessels are not involved in lupus. ...Read more
Usually: Usually, but does not have to be. ...Read more
What's most common age for Temporal Arteritis? Headaches in left temple on & off for few years & concerned, could it go on this long w/o getting worse?
It is more common in women than in men by a ratio of 2:1 and more common in those of Northern European descent, as well as those residing at higher (northern/southern) latitudes. The mean age of onset is >55 years, and it is rare in those younger than 55 years of age.
If you suspect this your doctor can start you on steroids.
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Am currently under investigation for Temporal Arteritis, have been on Steroid Tablets 4days now and headaches improved dramatically!!, good sign or no?
Yes: However, there are no complications from doing this. ...Read more
Blindness: Arteritis can cause blindness if not treated. ...Read more
There are many: Temporal arteritis (ta) is an inflammation of the arteries. The signs and symptoms are related to the location of the inflammation. This inflammation leads to swelling of the internal canal of the artery resulting in decreased blood flow. Arteries of the head and neck are most commonly involved. Severe headache, jaw pain, scalp tenderness, visual loss, sometimes fever, weight loss, muscle aches. ...Read more
CRAZYRARE if you did: Youngest case of path proven CLASSIC form of Giant Cell TA is age 17. Classic TA in anybody less than 50-55 would be publishable if proven & they'd be part of a group of maybe a dozen youngsters described over the past 80 years. Now, be aware there are 2 forms in young folks such as yourself. One is a BENIGN type (needs no treatment- Juvenile TA). Other is Classic Giant Cell TA (should treat). ...Read more
Unlikely: However new onset headaches should be evaluated. ...Read more
TA hereditary?: Recent research has indicated that genetic (inherited) factors play a role in who becomes afflicted with the illness. Theories have included viral stimulation of the immune system in genetically susceptible individuals. ...Read more
Definitely, yes: The gold standard for diagnosing temporal arteritis is a positive temporal artery biopsy. ...Read more
Death: You may go blind or you could go on to get an aneurysm that could rupture and kill you or you could have a stroke and die. All of these are possible if you leave this untreated. None of these will automatically occur but these are some of the possible outcomes of untreated temporal arteritis. ...Read more
Mold is also known as fungus or in some cases yeast. Fungal spores are very small and tend to be found in compost, barns/farms, hay, grass and damp basements. Some fungal spores are more likely to be associated with "dry" v. "wet" environments. When inhaled, mold spores can lead to many disorders including asthma, allergic rhinitis, hypersensitivty pneumonitis, ...Read more
Giant cell arteritis is considered a vasculitis where an individual's on body's immune cells attacked the lining of the large blood vessels. This may be associated with headaches, difficulty chewing, and in severe cases visual changes and even visual loss. This is an area routinely handled by a rheumatologist. I am happy to do ...Read more
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