Headache of Temporal Arteritis

The Migraine And Headache Program

Migraines Free Forever

Get Instant Access

This headache is caused by inflammation of the cranial arteries and is usually seen in the elderly. It presents with increasingly intense throbbing or non-throbbing headaches. There is often a superimposed sharp, stabbing pain associated with thickened and tender arteries. The pain is usually unilateral, localized to the site of the affected arteries. However, it may also present as bilateral and explosive in nature in some patients. Pain may be present throughout the day and may be more severe at night. It may last for several months, if untreated. Diagnosis is often made based on the patient's age (>55 years of age), no previous history of symptoms, general malaise, weight loss, low-grade fever, and anemia. Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) may be elevated (>55 mm/h), and 50% of patients experience generalized aching of proximal limb muscles. A complication of temporal arteritis is blindness due to thrombosis of ophthalmic and posterior ciliary arteritis.

Was this article helpful?

0 0
The Prevention and Treatment of Headaches

The Prevention and Treatment of Headaches

Are Constant Headaches Making Your Life Stressful? Discover Proven Methods For Eliminating Even The Most Powerful Of Headaches, It’s Easier Than You Think… Stop Chronic Migraine Pain and Tension Headaches From Destroying Your Life… Proven steps anyone can take to overcome even the worst chronic head pain…

Get My Free Audio Book

Post a comment