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Date Joined Dec 2009
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   Posted 2/22/2010 12:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I am diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, and now my rheumy says there is an ovelap, he believes it to be lupus/mixed connective tissue disease.  No positive bloods yet. I have had symptoms for around a year, which made them think of lupus, i.e. skin rashes, headaches, fevers, photosensitivity, raynaud's, general aches and pains, nose bleeds and on!!!
The reason I am posting this is to see if anyone has any ideas about what happened yesterday.
I had to have my eyes checked to start taking hydroxychloroquine, while in the opticians room my hands went very red on palms and on backs, with a a rash, also began to swell up so much that my wedding and engagement rings were very tight.  After the test when I stood up there was a mirror and when I looked into it, my face and neck were also red with this large rash.  The room had strip lighting and was warm.  The optician asked if I was ok, and I was just looked odd!!  After half an hour or so it began to go back to normal, any ideas>confused
dx- RA Sjogrens, Raynaud's carpal tunnel and overlap syndrome lupus/MCTD

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Date Joined Feb 2010
Total Posts : 55
   Posted 2/22/2010 1:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I have lupus and my hands tend to swell and turn red. I especially get a rash along my knuckles and around to my thumbs. Sometimes they've been so swollen that my ring hasn't been able to twist even! Usually I just hang wait through it, but once it lasted for several days (before I was on hydroxychloroquine) so I ended up taking Prednisone for a few weeks. The pain and swelling was rough, and accompanied by intense fevers.

As far as the rash on the neck, no idea. I haven't found anything that helps the rashes, but mine also don't get too bad, so I don't worry about it. Sorry I'm not more help!

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Date Joined Sep 2005
Total Posts : 2573
   Posted 2/22/2010 5:47 PM (GMT -6)   
It is possible you were reacting to the lighting, florecent lights have UV. Otherwise I have no clue.
Dx:fibromyalgia 2002, systematic lupus 2005- definate CNS involvement dxed late 2005, psoriasis 2006, rheumatoid arthritis 2006, PTSD 2007, multiple allergies 2005, migraine, compression fractures T11 & T12, Sj√∂gren's, damaged periphrial nerves 2007, exema
Tx: plaquenil, Enbrel, Tramadol, Singulair, Skelaxin, Baby Asprin, Imuran, Prilosec, lasix, Evoxac, Celebrex, Darvocet when things get too bad, prednisone again, various vitamin/mineral supplements, cozar
"Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible." T. E. Lawrence

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