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Date Joined Feb 2010
Total Posts : 18
   Posted 5/3/2010 11:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey everyone! Hope you all are doing well.

It's finals week for me, which means this horrid semester is finally almost over!!!

So I'm visiting my family doctor (the one that initially thought I might have lupus) once finals are over and I move back home for the summer. I've been keeping a log of symptoms and some pictures of the random stuff that has been occurring, and thought that I might get some of your input before presenting some of them to my doctor.

Here's to hoping it works:

I woke up a couple saturdays ago with this. The skin that is red in the picture was hot to the touch, slightly swollen, and ITCHY. It slowly went down throughout the day and I haven't had it happen since....but, the next day my joints were really stiff. I woke up, showered, and was just so exhausted and in so much pain that I took some anti-inflammatory meds and went back to sleep.

That day, after waking up for the second time, my hands were cold and achy, so I took a picture of them:
Could that possibly be that Raynaud's Phenomenon my mother keeps harping on about to me?

And finally, later that night/ early the next day, I had a .. rash? Pretty much all over my arms and legs. When it wasn't gone in the morning I took a couple of pictures, but this was the only picture that turned out:

Those couple of days I was just so tired, and it felt like as soon as one weird thing would go away another would pop up. For all I know, they could all be unrelated.

I was just wondering what all you lovely people thought?

Thanks and Take Care!

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Date Joined Mar 2006
Total Posts : 2608
   Posted 5/4/2010 9:03 AM (GMT -6)   
You poor thing. But good for you for taking the photos. They're worth a million words, especially when you see your doctor. I can't diagnose you but it sure does sound like you have something autoimmune going on. You might think about making an appointment with a rheumatologist in your home town. It usually takes a month or more to get in.

I hope you can rest this summer and get some good medical care.

Take care,

SLE, fibro, renauds, restless leg, hiatal hernia, double vision, migraines, costocondritis.

plaquenil, neurontin, synthroid, triamterene, actonel, niaspan, lunesta, cymbalta, vitamin D, Calcium, Multi Vit.

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Date Joined Jun 2009
Total Posts : 10
   Posted 5/4/2010 9:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Photos are worth a million words( I'm a hairdresser and believe pictures are better than descriptions)- and day to day documentation also gives the drs a better idea.
lupus, sjogren's

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