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Inflamed Arteries Symptoms
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
Should I see a Neurologist/Internal/Cardiologist/or other M.D. if I have inflamed arteries with plaque?
Cardiologist: Start with a cardiologist if you are talking about arteriosclerosis. ...Read more
Could dissolving with effective supplementation "plaque" from inflamed arteries dislodge and cause stroke or heart attack pre-maturely? %?
No: Stating drugs have been shown to decrease plaque. Most OTC supplements have not been proven. If you have plaque cussing symptoms you should talk to your doctor about treatments. Don't take a chance. Dissolving plaque should not increase the risk of a stroke or vascular event. Make sure you don't risk your life/health on unproven claims. ...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
Yes: However, there are no complications from doing this. ...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 (?)
Can temporal arteritis subside or is it severe and gets worse? Would the temporal artery not be pulsating?
Temporal artery color duplex to detect giant cell arteritis- how to find rheumatologist or facility that offers this biopsy alternative in ny or nj?
Ask: Ask your general physician for referral. Or ask the physician who has been treating you for a referral. If a self-diagnosis, please find a GP to start, and follow referral recommendations. ...Read more
Why would your temporal artery in the head, pulse, tremor thoughout the day if it isn't temporal arteritis?
Takayasu arteritis what r the test to no if I have this I'm getting thick tough temporal artery with pain around my ear?
Wrong vasculitis: Tenderness around the temporal artery is quite suggestive of temporal arteritis, a type of vasculitis that most surgeons call giant cell arteritis. If you truly are concerned i'd suggest seeing your pcp right away as untreated temporal arteritis can lead to blindness. Takayasu's ateritis affects the medium sized vessels of the body such as carotid and subclavian arteries. Temp artery is too small. ...Read more
Takayasu arteritis? Can I have this I'm 21 no health problems just that I get this temple artery that gets thick & tough with pain around my ear
No: Anything is possible but your description does not suggest this diagnosis. In addition, giant cell arteritis is incredibly rare in a 21 year old. ...Read more
My doctor said doing a sedate blood test was good enough to figure out if I had temporal arteritis I'm 21 & test was normal but thick artery & poundin?
Should be fine: Temporal arteritis is a problem of older folks, and usually sed rate is conclusive, but rarely only CRP level elevated, but these are elderly pts with immune issues. I personally would not recommend biopsy, and it is more likely that the pulsations are associated with migraine than giant cell arteritis. ...Read more
What conditions besides Giant Cell Arteritis might cause a swollen temporal artery? Is GCA likely in 45 year old? (Flu-like sx but neg ESR, CRP).
If other blood vessels take over post temporal arteritis biopsy, why don't these vessels take over before tab to aid the artery when it is inflammed?
In temporal arteritis lots of the blood vessels in the head and brain are inflammed. For biopsy, the temporal artery is picked because
1. Often affected
2. Easily accessed
3. Close by blood vessels can re-channel the blood to the areas supplied by the temporal artery.
However, there are many other blood vessles, particularly in the brain that carry blood to tissues where no other artery flows. ...Read more
Pulsing, bulging artery in forehead above right temple. Pinching pain sometimes. Advil (ibuprofen) lessens appearance greatly. Normal bp. Arteritis likely? Age 33
Giant cell arteritis / vasculitis / artery inflammation - could this cause gum bleeding, mouth sores and lesions on tongue as well as lesions on skin?
It depends.....: Without knowing your dental status (your periodontal [gum & bone] health, any untreated dental conditions), it would be very difficult to relate these symptoms to your arteritis/vasculitis condition. Gum bleeding is the first symptom of gum disease (gingivitis/periodontitis), mouth and tongue sores/lesions can be due to a multitude of causes. See your dentist and your medical care provider. ...Read more
It depends: It depends on the vessels involved and the severity of the involvement. The most common symptoms are those that related to reduced blood flow to the brain or arms. ...Read more
There are many: Temporal arteritis (ta) is an inflammation of the arteries. It is an autoimmune process. 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. Severe headache, jaw pain, scalp tenderness, visual loss, sometimes fever, weight loss, muscle aches, occur. ...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
How is it that a person that is 21 can not have temporal arteritis even if they r feeling symptoms close to that problem?
It is!: Despite your symptoms, temporal arteritis is not just clinical term, but also requires hard data (increased crp, evidence for arteritis by biopsy, or mra). If the basic data are missing, then you don't have it! Than god for not having that dx. ...Read more
How can I get a dr 2listen to me about me about how my symptoms are the same as temporal arteritis I know im 2young but im so scared it will b 2 late?
Second Opinion: If you think that you may have temporal arteritis, it is imperative that you go see a doctor for a second opinion as soon as possible. Temporal arteritis should be considered a true neuro-ophthalmic emergency. ...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
Arteries are defined as blood vessels which carry blood away from the heart (to either the body or lungs). Arteries: higher pressure, thicker walls, stretch (pulse) with each heart contraction & deliver blood to the arterioles which control the flow to individual capillaries. Veins are blood vessels which carry blood from capillaries back to the heart (body to right heart; ...Read more