Barabara, age 50, awoke with a swollen face and a’huge’ ear. “Failing sight and hearing came out of nowhere.”
After ruling out a stroke and tumor, and a biopsy of the temporal artery, her physician began to suspect Relapsing polychondritis (RP) as the cause of her symptoms. After researching the condition, her diagnosis was finalized.
Barbara began responding to steroids (e.g. Prednisone). Her symptoms have been managed with Methotrexate and prednisone. Now 1 year later she states she has suffered only minor bouts of RP.