I do have swollen hands and feel sometimes. but not just in my joints. So I assumed it was not Lupus, but maybe circulatioin might not be good, or some such thing.
I too wish to welcome you to the forum, and looking forward to your future posts.
It helps me when I read other peoples posts. It gives me the things I need to say to my rheumy.
Hi Piffle, I'm sorry you are having problems but I do want to say welcome to the group! I understand the comment it's not always easy to tell if it's this disease or just age. I'm 51 and I know I have regular aches and pains that come with age. However I do know the swelling thing you mentioned. That is not a normal "age" problem. It could be circulation it could be fluid retention. Sometimes my feet swell so bad I can't fit in my shoes. The last time my pcp said it was lupus inflamation. Have you had any breathing problems or heaviness in your chest? I'm just thinking it's not unusual for us folks to get inflamation and fluid build up in the sack around our lungs and heart. I think you need to persue this with your dr.
anyway nice to meet you looking forward to getting to know ya