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Will taking steroids for temporal arteritis increase the eye pressure?

Maybe. Some patients are "steroid responders" - about 1:6. This can come from eyedrops containing steroids to oral prednisone. Usually takes a few weeks to start and is treatable with eyedrops. Best to be checked for any type of long-term steroid use. Read more...
Yes. But the benefits of steroid use far out way the risk of developing high eye pressure since total blindness from the arteritis is irreversible but the high pressure can be treated in most if not all cases. Read more...
Possible. One of the side effects of long term steroid use can be increased eye pressure leading to glaucoma. The problem is steroids are the only successful treatment for temporal arteritis. You will need to follow up closely with your eye doctor to watch your eye pressures. Read more...

How can I tell which headache is caused by temporal arteritis or from my eyes or something else?

Get a doctor'advice. Headache with neurological symptoms like blurred vision loss of field of vision, numbness and or tingling of face or extremes loss of motor function with headache should always be evaluated by your physician or go to local emergency dept. There they can better decide what is the likely cause. 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...

Have seen the doc he say I might have temporal arteritis and put me on prednisone but I feel preasure in eyes and head and my BP is elevated.

Second opinion. Temporal arteritis rarely occurs in individuals under age 40. In many cases, seeking a second opinion is not only warranted, but necessary. Unless your disease is life threatening and requires emergency care, it is never a bad idea to seek a second opinion. Getting a second opinion helps you feel more confident about your diagnosis and treatment plan. Read more...
Temporal arteritis. Early treatment is key to preventing severe problems due to temporal arteritis (blindness, stroke). A temporal artery biopsy should be performed to help with diagnosis. Your BP elevation may be due to the pain. You should go to the ER if the symptoms persist or worsen. In the long-term, see a neurologist for your eye/head pressure. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000448.htm. Read more...
Temporal arteritis. Your symptoms are typical. And a bit worrisome. Prednisone is essential. Dose should be high. Your bp must come down. You need bp meds also. Rest. Do not stress. Eat low salt low fat. See you doc weekly. Check bp daily. . Read more...

Can my mother live alone? She has temporal arteritis; she is now blind in one eye; she is insulin diabetic; she has inflamatory bowl disease

It's . It's really not possible to say for sure without knowing your mother's overall performance status. There are people with the conditions you've described who would do well on their own , but there are others who would be overwhelmed by any one of them. I guess my biggest concern would be whether she can see well enough to check her blood sugar and give herself insulin. If she's getting steroids for the arteritis, her blood sugar will be very high and difficult to manage. Read more...
Maybe, . Maybe, maybe not. It depends upon her ability to complete her activities of daily living (adls) and instrumental adls (iadls). Given what little you've mentioned, i suspect that she is full capable of performing her own adls, eg bathing, feeding, toileting, transferring, etc. However, given her blindness, she may have some difficulties with her iadls, eg cooking, paying bills, shopping, taking medications, etc. She should complete a functional assessment by her family physician or geriatrician to determine who much (and what kind of) assistance she needs to stay at home. Perhaps she can get by with meals on wheels and public transportation. Plus have someone prepare all her medications once a week. She may (or may not) qualify for home health. There may also be senior day care centers in your neighborhood that can help provide some supervision during the day as long as she is ok to stay by herself at night. Look around her locale - there are many options to help her age gracefully at home. Good luck! Read more...

My head and face hurt daily. I have temporal arteritis and take monthly steroids. Help?

If you have . If you have temporal arteritis, you should be taking daily corticosteriods/prednisone not monthly. Please contact your physician to address as it sounds as if you need to have a medication adjustment. Read more...

Why would your temporal artery in the head, pulse, tremor thoughout the day if it isn't temporal arteritis?

Clenching? Its normal for an artery to pulse. There is blood moving through it every heart beat. Sometimes clenching and grinding your teeth can promote inflammation around this artery, because your temporalis muscle that helps you chew or clench has the temporal artery moving through it. Read more...