Lupus Pain or Injury?

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   Posted 4/29/2008 3:23 PM (GMT -6)   
When I was first diagnosed with all started with foot and elbow pain. Mainly, the bones in my feet.. they felt broken. No other way to describe it really. Anyway.. with all the meds and with it now being 6 + months later.. that pain has pretty much disappeared.
I tripped the other day and got my foot caught in between a door jamb and the door. It smarted pretty good when I did it, but then nothing. No bruising, no swelling.. no problems walking.
At the same time, I ended my Pred taper. I was on 1mg and now I am on no Prednisone at all. One week later now, my foot feels like it did when I was first diagnosed. My other foot feels fine though. Still no swelling or bruising. You think it is the injury causing it.. or my symptoms creeping back up?
I would go to the doc but you know, sometimes you just feel silly asking about every little thing and it can't be broken or I wouldn't be able to walk. What do you think?

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   Posted 4/29/2008 5:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ti,
That is a conundrum isn't it?  I know that sometimes my feet and ankles do have that awful pain in them, but it all seems to go away rather quickly.  Never enough time to address it with my doctors. 
The fact that you are now off prednisone and the pain is back leads me to believe it might be inflammatory, and that little 1mg dose was enough to stave it off!  It's amazing how powerful even 1mg of prednisone is!  Is it worth a try to go back on just 1mg of pred and see what happens?  I'd run that idea past your rheumy first though.  Don't be afraid to bring up these issues. It might seem silly to you, but your doctor might not think that at all.  Best to check!
Let us know what happens okay,
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   Posted 4/29/2008 6:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ti, I feel for you I have terrible pain in my feet too and nothing seems to help. The pain you are having now could be from either situation, I would call the doctor to see what they say. In my opinion if your other foot is not hurting then I would lean more toward you have injured your foot but I would call the doctor just to be safe. Let us know how you are doing.

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   Posted 4/30/2008 4:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I would go to the doctor. It truly could be broken or you could have soft tissue damage-tendons, muscles, ligiments, which reqiure treatment. Or it could be lupus which needs treatment-either way the doctor can't treat something he doesn't know about.

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   Posted 4/30/2008 4:47 PM (GMT -6)   
If you have a few more 1-mg prednisone tablets around I would be taking one per day while I wait on my doctors appointment to have the foot looked at more specifically.

You can walk on a broken foot without much pain if the bones have not moved out of place, but the way you describe the injury it sounds like it would be more soft tissue than bone damage -- of course that's a wild guess!

Hope it clears up soon, regardless of the reason it's being bothersome!

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   Posted 4/30/2008 10:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I just wanted to add that prednisone can mask pain and injury. You need to have that foot looked at asap! Judy
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