How often does PMR progress to GCA?
I'm just wondering how many forum members here had their PMR progress to GCA? I did some research on the latter yesterday evening (perhaps unwisely) and scared myself half to death when I read about the risks of stroke, blindness, aneurysm, etc., associated with GCA. I also learned that the relatively low doses of prednisone we take for PMR won't do anything to prevent the development of GCA — which was another shock. It seems the percentage of people with PMR who go on to develop GCA varies quite widely in the literature, so I wanted to know what your own experiences have been. I would like to do everything and anything I can to prevent GCA, but it looks like there's not really any way to prevent it — it just happens in some people, sometimes without warning. How many of you experienced visual problems with your GCA? I have to say that blindness is one of my biggest fears, so reading about people who wake up one morning unable to see out of one or both eyes terrified me. To be frank, I'd rather be dead than blind. Just interested in hearing from those who are actually going through these diseases what your experiences have been with GCA and visual disturbances. Thanks! 🙂