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The pain in jaw when eating also called jaw claudication is also a symptom of giant cell arteritis along with visual loss and vertigo
Other known symptoms of giant cell arteritis include:
fever, fatigue, weight loss
aching and morning stiffness of shoulders and pelvic girdles
She has lost weight recently.
Well all four symptoms of her's as mentioned by you are manifestation of giant cell arteritis
Cannot understand why none of the doctors picked up on the diagnosis until it was too late to save sight.
Well that's a difficult question to answer as of "why" but i she should be fully investigated to prevent further losses
What were her symptoms before visual loss?
She has been prescribed steroids and will be visiting eye hospital again on 4th June.
Has she improved symptomatically after the start of steroids?
Yes much better apart from the sight in left eye. No giddy spells or jaw pain.
What were her symptoms before visual loss when you visited GP?
Giddy spells and pain in jaw when eating.
Well then he should have suspected GCA and should have referred you
Thanks for that, can I make a complaint to ombudsman?
What did GP told you and advised you?
He said after all visits to various hospitals that they could not find out what was causing her giddy spells, and that he put it down to anxiety.
Well based on giddy spells and jaw pain it was difficult to diagnose GCA straight away but he should have suspected and referred you to investigate
but as you mentioned now he referred you too
in that case how will you blame him as he sent you to different hospital but none was able to diagnose
I am not just blaming him. I was disappointed that none of the doctors seen picked up on the diagnosis.
Yes this seems true but you know there are different manifestations of different diseases and these symptoms or manifestations differ in single individual depending upon various factors
and it is not always easy to diagnose based on symptoms thats why some of the institutes investigate completely to rule out all possible causes
but then that is too costly
to investigate for all possible causes of each symptoms but if you visited a specialist and even he or she was unable to diagnose then this is a worry
Thank you. I just hope that they will be able to save her other eye. You have been most helpful.