on the 'Recognition/Diagnostic
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Without excluding others, our Symptomatrix may be of significance for women and men aged
approximately 45 years and over who suffer from odd complaints that
do not decrease
and/or are without a diagnosis.
If such complaints are a combination of:
● fatigue and apathy
● physical malaise
● stiffness in
joints and/or muscles
● headaches, migraine
● stiffness of the jaws
● changed eyesight
● reduced eyesight,
● a temperature
● sensitive scalp
● bloated arteries of the temples
● painful jaws
● tongue problems
● bleakness, depression
● poor or lack of appetite
● unusual loss of weight
● unusual perspiration, night sweats
very well be a sign that Giant Cell Arteritis and/or Polymyalgia
Rheumatica are developing and we strongly advise you to proceed on this
Giant Cell Arteriitis (GCA) is a rheumatic
inflammation of medium and large size arteries, a vasculitis. It is
mainly found in the arteries of the head, in particular in the temples.
By rare exception, resulting from delay in diagnosis and consequently
delayed treatment, the disease may turn into a multiple condition and
can progress fatally.
Usually, but not always, patients that suffer from GCA also suffer from
Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR).
PMR is an ailment with inflammation of the muscles, in particular those
in the neck, shoulders, upper arms, pelvis and upper legs.
Significantly, pain is in both sides of the body.
Both illnesses can be cured successfully, provided they are recognized
and diagnosed as early as possible: Early Recognition > Early Diagnosis
= Better Prognosis.
GCA and PMR are usually considered as auto-immune illnesses.
They belong to a group of six to eight thousand Rare Diseases, also
referred to as Orphan Diseases.
Practice shows that it is not always possible
to determine the mutual connection in complaints and consequently to
recognise GCA and PMR timely.
Complaints/symptoms are quite often treated individually and for quite
some time, for instance as side effects of cold or as aches and pains
that may disappear by physiotherapeutical treatment. Typically without
results: the complaints persist or return.
As a result frequently (too) much time elapses before the diseases are
properly diagnosed and adequate treatment is started. Consequently
patients quite often have to suffer from unnecessary progression of GCA
and/or PMR, with all its consequences and risks.
With the slogan: Earlier Recognised > Earlier Diagnosed = Better
Prognosis, the Symptomatrix aims to help to overcome these problems and
to shorten the process of diagnosis significantly.
Without doubt your family doctor is the right person for a diagnosis or
referral to a specialist for the purpose.
Thus, the Symptomatrix is not meant to be a tool for
uncontrolled self-diagnosis. It is just an
expedient for you and your family doctor to arrive at a rapid diagnosis: a combinationof
the complaints, listed
should be a reason to
visit your family doctor as soon as possible - for the first time or again.