Polymyalgia Rheumatica and Giant Cell Arteritis - Home Treatment
To feel your best during treatment for
polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) or
giant cell arteritis (GCA):
Take your medicine as prescribed by your
doctor. Work closely with your doctor and nurse. Be sure to report medicine side effects or any symptoms of giant cell arteritis, such as headache,
jaw pain, and vision problems. Eat a balanced diet. Stop smoking, and avoid being around tobacco
smoke. Reduce how much alcohol you drink. It's a good idea to have
no more than one beer or one glass of wine each day. Be sure you get enough calcium and vitamin D to help prevent bone thinning ( osteoporosis) if you are taking corticosteroids. Get mild, regular weight-bearing exercise. This
will help keep your bones strong and bolster your physical and emotional
ability to handle your illness.
If any of your symptoms get worse or come back, contact
your doctor or nurse.
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April 10, 2013
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