Temporal arthritis, also known as Giant Cell Arthritis is a kind of inflammation of the blood vessels which carry blood from the heart to other parts of the body. Mainly Temporal Arthritis affects the arteries of the brain, but arteries carrying blood to the chest, heart, neck and to other body parts also may be affected by the disease.
People over 60 years of age are more likely to get affected by Temporal Arthritis. The scalp and temple blood vessels get swollen up because of the problem. Headache, pain, double vision are some of the common symptoms of the disease. Prompt as well as immediate treatment of the disease is extremely necessary in order to prevent any kind of permanent damage of the tissues or loss of eyesight.
If temporal arthritis is kept untreated for a longer period of time, then it may lead to some serious complications, such as blindness and stroke because of decreased blood flow. Women are more prone to suffer from temporal arthritis as compared to men. Some of the symptoms, which lead to temporal arthritis, are discussed below.
Symptoms Of Temporal Arthritis
This is one of the most common and initial symptoms of temporal arthritis. Nearly about two third of the people suffering from the disease have to go through the pain in the temple and the back part of the brain.
In some people this symptom may develop suddenly, while in some people it develops gradually over a couple of days or even weeks. You will notice that a person suffering from temporal arthritis may have pain either in one side of the head or in both the sides.
An individual suffering from temporal arthritis may feel scalp tenderness on touching the scalp. This is a very common symptom, which can be found in a temporal arthritis affected person. The inflated arteries under the skin can be seen clearly while looking in the mirror.
Around half of the person affected by temporal arthritis will feel jaw pain while trying to chew something or even speak and talk. The jaw pain comes and goes while chewing. When you give rest to the jaw muscles, the pain starts to ease.
You will notice that a person affected by temporal arthritis because of decreased blood flow will start to witness visual related problems, like double vision, blurred vision, partial or even in some case permanent loss of vision. The vision of one or both the eyes can get affected by the disease. Every 1 out of 5 temporal arthritis affected people complains of eye related problems. This problem requires an immediate treatment from the doctor or else it may result in a permanent loss of vision.
General Symptoms: Weakness, Weight Loss, Depression, Etc.
Some of the general symptoms, which may lead to temporal arthritis include body weakness, tiredness, excessive night sweating, mild fever, weight loss, muscle aches; stiff neck, shoulders, hips and upper arms, facial soreness, fatigue, depression, anemia, drooping lead and loss of appetite. These symptoms gradually develop and may persist for weeks and even months.