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Victoria72
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   Posted 4/26/2007 3:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Over the past day or so, I have had two migraines, developed a lump in my throat/upper chest area that will not go away, and have developed some awful stiffness and pain in my fingers, especially my right thumb.  I am new to all of this for about a year, and just wondered if the pain in my hands is Lupus related since I have not experienced this before.  I have read several posts over the past few months about this.... could this be a sign that I may have another flare coming on?
 
Ugh, I really needed to stay well until hubby returns in September, but maybe its not to be.  I am going for a massage this afternoon (with money I dont have) to make sure that if this is stress related that I am helping my body to cope.
 
Thanks to all of you in advance!!!  ((Gentle hugs)
 
 
 
 
 
Victoria
 
Mother of four, full time Systems Analyst
 
Sjogrens, Crohns, suspected Lupus, Pancreatitis Dec. 2005
 
Meds:  Medrol injections; Darvocet, starting Plaquenil in Feb.


hippimom2
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   Posted 4/26/2007 4:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Victoria, I have pain in my fingers and hands and it is related to lupus for me. Mine developed about 6 months after I first got sick. My hands and my feet were the first places where I had joint pain. There was also a time, a while back where I had the lump in my throat/chest. I don't know if this is like what you are experiencing, but the lump made it painful to swallow and it felt like food had a hard time going down and it caused a lot of pain. It went away eventually and my doctor at the time said that it happens every so often, but didn't offer much of an explanation about it.

I really hop you are not starting to flare, but it's very possible, especially since you have so much on your plate right now with working, your kids, and your husband being gone. I know it's probably hard to find the time, but please try to take it as easy as possible and get as much rest as possible. If this is a flare coming on and you try to push through it, you might really get sick and then be down for a long time. If you start feeling too bad, it wouldn't hurt to call your rheumy and let him/her know what is going on.

Take care and you'll be in my prayers
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mamamuse
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   Posted 4/26/2007 4:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, finger/hand pain is one of my predominant symptoms and has been the entire three years I've been seeing a rheumy. Sometimes it concentrates in one or two joints, other times it's just overall aching and stiffness. I had an MRI of my hands and wrists last Friday, to hopefully clarify a diagnosis. Every once in a while, a joint will become hot and red, but I don't have classic symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis....so they aren't sure exactly what's going on.
 
Anyway, I find that heat packs give a lot of relief. Sometimes at night, I go to sleep with my hands resting on heat packs.
 
I also have a great deal of pain in my feet. I think this is just one of the areas the lupus attacks in me.
 
Good luck to you, and I hope you find some relief.
Kari
Wife, writer, artist, mom to 2 wonderful boys
Lupus, arthritis, PCOS, mild depression
Now taking: plaquenil, limbrel, metformin XR, Zoloft, and the occasional percoset


Trying2BFree
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   Posted 4/26/2007 4:05 PM (GMT -6)   
The throat thing could be reflux.
 
As far as finger pain, YES.  I can barely move my right thumb because of the stiffness.  Mine has been like that since I weaned off prednisone in Oct of last year.
Jeannie ~
   Mom to Ty (4 yrs old)
   and 3 Shelties
 
SLE diagnosis 10/05 now changed to RA 3/06, Endometriosis 5/05, PCOS 1990
Meds: Metformin ER 1500mg (PCOS); Loestrin BCPs (Endo); Methotrexate 17.5mg (RA); Metanx 5mg (RA); Remicade (RA); Lunesta 2mg (as needed)


jhmom
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   Posted 4/26/2007 5:13 PM (GMT -6)   
(((( Victoria ))))) I am sorry you are feeling bad. I've had joint pain over the last couple of years mainly in my hands and feet now my pain / stiffness in my fingers has increased which is lupus related. It seems to be getting a little better since my NSAIDS experiment is over and I am back on my original one! I hope you feel better soon! Hugs and love
Stacie

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding ~ Proverbs 3:5 ~

DX: Hashimoto's 1999, Celiac Disease (gluten sensitivity)2003, Raynaud's 2004, Lupus 2005 and Sjogrens 2006
Meds:Imuran, Plaquenil, Flexeril, Sulindac, Levoxyl, Folic Acid and magic mouthwash (as needed)


omega
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   Posted 4/26/2007 6:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes. Fingers seemed me the most before I took Prednisole. I sometimes could not move my finger(s) or touched anything because it was painful. Sometimes the fingers felt like swollen inside, and the wrist also. I occassionally have this when the weather is really humid.

omega
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   Posted 4/26/2007 6:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes. Fingers seemed me the most before I took Prednisole. I sometimes could not move my finger(s) or touched anything because it was painful. Sometimes the fingers felt like swollen inside, and the wrist also. I occassionally have this when the weather is really humid.

sandspoker
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   Posted 4/26/2007 9:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Victoria - I too suffer from joint pain all over actually but often in my hands and feet.  It sometimes get so bad that the area gets swollen, really red and hot to the touch.  I can barely move at times.  I do find that my rice bag helps when I feel this way - do you have a heating pad that you can use?  What about meds - do you have anything you can take?

okie
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   Posted 4/27/2007 7:07 AM (GMT -6)   

a message huh? sounds wonderful! I have the same problem with my thumb but it's my left hand. Of course I'm left handed so writing is a little weird. It hurts right where the pen lays accrossed it. Like others have said yes the stiffness and pain can be Lupus related without a doubt. as for beginning a flare that I have no idea. but I saure do like the way you handle stress! the closest thing I get to a message is soaking in a hot top with bath oil.

 

I hope you feel better soon sweetie but I think you may want to talk to you doctor about you other symptoms. You might need antibiotics.

 

hugs

carol


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 Newly DX's Lupus.Possible CREST,COPD, high PB xanax,triam , Opana ER for pain, Evista for osteo,. oxygen Plaquanil400mil, . effexor. spiriva, xopenex.
 
Come ye, all that are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest!
 
 


smokeyswife
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   Posted 4/27/2007 7:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Victoria. The first place I ever noticed the pain was in my right arm. I was going for nerve blocks at the time for my RSD and I asked the specialist about it. He thought I had Rheumatoid Arthritis and told me to get it checked out by my family dr. I asked her about it, she did the tests and said that yes I did have RA. For a year I was treated for RA and when I was getting no better I was sent to a Rheumatologist. He did more intesive tests and finally 6 months later diagnosed me with Lupus. Since that time the pain has been in my fingers, wrists, ankles, and my feet and toes.
 
If this is a flare up for you, please take it easy and get as much rest as you possibly can. It is tough to fight through it, I know there are days where I am not sure I can take another step but have to keep going.
 
Don't wait to long to get in touch with your Rheumie.
 
Good luck.
 
Connie
 
 
 
 
diagnosed with RSD in March of /03, diagnosed with Lupus in Sept./06.
Taking Methotrexate, Plaquenell, Folic Acid, Synthroid,Prednisone, Pantoloc, Singulair, Tramadol, OxyCodeine and extra Strength tylenol when needed.


Victoria72
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   Posted 4/27/2007 8:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone! I had a feeling it was the Lupus, but wanted to clarify with my experts. I do feel a little better this morning, and the massage was glorious, but it seems to get worse every day as the day wears on. I am calling my rheumy this morning to see if they can up my appointment a couple of weeks. I was scheduled to see him in May, but I think I need to go now.

Thanks again!!!
 
Victoria
 
Mother of four, full time Systems Analyst
 
Sjogrens, Crohns, suspected Lupus, Pancreatitis Dec. 2005
 
Meds:  Medrol injections; Darvocet, starting Plaquenil in Feb.

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