Vasculitis is an inflammation of your blood vessels. It causes changes in the walls of your blood vessels, including thickening, weakening, narrowing and scarring. There are many types. The signs and symptoms of vasculitis vary depending on which blood vessels and, as a result, which organ systems are affected. Giant cell arteritis. This condition, which usually occurs in people older than 50, is an inflammation of the arteries in your head, especially your temples. Giant cell arteritis can cause headaches, scalp tenderness, jaw pain while chewing, blurred or double vision, and even blindness. Giant cell arteritis is often associated with another type of inflammatory condition called polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR). PMR causes pain in and inflammation of the large joints, such as your shoulders and hips. Signs and symptoms include pain and stiffness in the muscles of your hips, thighs, shoulders, upper arms and neck. Your doctor can best advise you on what symptoms you can expect from the type of vasculitis that you have.
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