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Date Joined Jul 2012
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   Posted 7/21/2012 10:14 PM (GMT -6)   
It started about 1 month ago, my hands and feet were extreamly itchy.then soon after that my right hand was swollen. I thought i got bit by something but it happened again a couple days later with my foot.about 1 week later my index finger got swollen. So i went to the dr and she gave me doxycycline and took 5 tubes of blood. A couple days later my ring finger on my left hand was swollen. It felt like it was going to explode and my right rist was swollen. My feet were itching off and on during this period too. It got pretty bad so i called the dr and she called in some steriods. It helped some but it was still there. Now im off the steriods and its really bad again.of course today is saturday so i have to wait till monday to call my dr because she is not on call.she said that some of my results came back negitive but i dont know which ones and she is still waiting on the others.its bothering me so bad im ready to go to the hospital.could i have lupus?

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Date Joined Apr 2006
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   Posted 7/22/2012 12:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Push your doctor to get the results.  Tests do not always come back positive even when you have the disease.  Diagnosis is always difficult and experienced docs look at clinical symptoms and labs to make a diagnosis.  Some cases are particularly difficult and inexperienced docs can struggle to make a diagnosis.  Going to an ER would be counter productive unless you are truly in an emergency.
Early diagnosis and aggressive treatment is best but not always possible.  Short course treatments usually do not work.  Long term treatment of some type is more likely to be effective.  Depending on the severity of your symptoms will determine what course to follow.  Prednisone works fast and is usually effective but there are sometimes serious side effects to long term use so most docs will introduce a prednisone sparing suppression med for long term treatment.  if your symptoms disappear over the course of many months or a few years then you would consider tapering off meds.  One of the biggest mistakes newbies make is to have short course treatment, see their symptoms disappear and then go off all meds.  Symptoms usually come back and you start over again.
Call your doctor to see if the rest of the test results are in and ask for a copy of the full report.  I have copies of every test I ever had over the past 22 years.

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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 7/22/2012 2:14 PM (GMT -6)   
It might be a drug allergy.
My hands swelled and itched like crazy from being on an antibiotic that I was allergic to.
Have you tried benadryl?
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