Our rheumatologist in Haddon Heights, NJ, can treat and help you manage giant cell arteritis.
If you are getting older and you are developing frequent headache, fatigue, and feel like you have the flu, you could have a condition known as giant cell arteritis, or GCA. Our rheumatologist can help.
Dr. Mark Fisher in Haddon, Heights, NJ, is a rheumatologist who provides comprehensive rheumatology services, including diagnosis and treatment of giant cell arteritis. He proudly serves residents of Haddon Heights, South Jersey, Gloucester County, and Camden County, NJ.
What Is Giant Cell Arteritis?
GCA is a disease involving the blood vessels, causing swelling of the arteries on each side of your head, known as the temporal arteries.
In addition to persistent headaches, other common symptoms of GCA include:
- Pain and stiffness in the neck, shoulder, and hip
- Pain in the jaw when chewing
- Pain in the face, tongue, or throat
- Fatigue and flu-like symptoms
- Loss of appetite and weight loss
You might also experience blurred vision, double vision, or loss of vision if GCA is affecting the blood flow to your eyes.
If you experience any of the symptoms listed above, it’s time to visit your rheumatologist. Diagnostic tests for GCA may include:
- Blood tests including sedimentation rate
- An ultrasound of the temporal arteries
- A biopsy of temporal artery tissue
If your rheumatologist diagnoses GCA, your rheumatologist may recommend high doses of corticosteroids. These high doses are maintained for about a month, and then are gradually lowered. Corticosteroid treatment may continue at low doses for one to two years.
The Symptoms and Causes of Giant Cell Arteritis and How Your Rheumatologist Can Help You
Dr. Mark Fisher in Haddon, Heights, NJ, can diagnose and treat giant cell arteritis, to help you manage the condition. He proudly serves residents of Haddon Heights, South Jersey, Gloucester County, and Camden County, NJ. You can reach him in the office by calling (856) 547-8004, so call today.