Temporal Arteritis, Giant Cell Arteritis Causes Temple Headache, Blurry Vision Symptoms

Temporal arteritis and giant cell arteritis generally refer to the same condition, a type of vasculitis or arteritis. It often causes inflammation or damage to blood vessels that nourish your head region.

Essentially, inflammation restricts blood flow through affected blood vessels. And this inflammatory disease almost exclusively impinges on the elderly.

Temporal arteritis cause is unknown, but the disorder has been associated with severe infections and high antibiotic dosages. Furthermore, this disorder is known to develop simultaneously or subsequently to polymyalgia rheumatica.

A prevalent symptom of temporal arteritis is a temple headache. Albeit, some experience headaches in the front, top or back of their skull.

It can cause more generalized influenza feeling symptoms to occur, such as:

If your temporal arteritis disturbs the blood supply to your eyes, then symptoms of blurry vision is expected. If not treated timely, irreversible blindness can suddenly occur as well.

Additional associated symptoms may involve:

Early treatment with the corticosteroid prednisone is highly effective for temple headache and blurry vision giant cell arteritis. Pain relief is produced within a day or two.

Aspirin and immune system suppressors may also be part of your treatment. Most recover fully from giant cell arteritis, but it may take a couple of years.

Unfortunately, your temple headache and blurry vision condition may return.