I had posted in the Sjogrens forum a bit ago about
blisters I have in my mouth. I still have no idea what they are, but they scare me because my voice is being taken away from me and I can't do anything to stop it. My throat hurts, water makes it worse, most food burns going down my throat and talking for about
5 minutes makes my voice hurt. The only thing I can really tolerate is carbonation (it initially hurts, but then it is soothing). Even those throat numbing sprays hurt it (for a few seconds, then it numbs it for a few minutes).
My Rheumy wanted me to see a dermatologist about
it, so I did. In the mean time (because this voice thing is scaring me and I realize that it might not be related to the blisters), I made an appointment with two ENTs (one for the voice and another for the lymph nodes that are swelling in my neck and shoulders - I forgot to mention that one), but I do not see the voice one until August 4.
I saw the dermy yesterday, and honestly, I do not ever want to see another one again. This is my third one in two and a half years, and they are of no help whatsoever. He told me that the blisters are not in his range of specialty, and I needed to see a "mouth doctor". Okay. I can understand that, BUT there was more going on than just that. He was supposed to look me all over and he just glanced and said I looked completely normal. I mentioned the things that popped up within months when I first started getting sick a couple years ago, and he said they are normal (like the spots on my face, which do look like age spots) and bumps on my forearms. He said they are all normal parts of aging. Seriously, if another doctor gives me an aging comment, I will slap them. He did not believe me that I only have a third of the hair I had two years ago. He said my hair loss pattern was "normal". If it is normal, then why did (when I started losing it again a couple months ago) it stop with the medrol dose pack? And no, it is not "normal shedding".
Sorry. That guy just frustrated the heck out of me. I did point out some bumps on my forearm (which he said were normal) that started to appear withing the hour. They were on both arms, but I only showed him my left. I should have made him feel the right instead... that was where it was worse, but I did not know until I left and was on the drive home. I had an appointment earlier that I had to wait around for (the dermatologist was right across the highway, and I did not see the point of driving home for 45 minutes just to have to come back. I had my daughter with me, and we went for a walk around the park by the hospital. I was not planning on it, so I had no sunscreen and I was wearing a short sleeved shirt. By the time I left the dermy, my right (and left, but as I said, the right was worse) forearm was itching like mad. When I got home, I saw that the bumps really came out and my itching them was making them worse. I tried to stop, and succeeded for the most part, but they were still there last night so I shot this picture (the flash washed away the redness, but there was a lot there in addition to the bumps).VIEW IMAGE
They were still there this morning, so I put some hydrocortisone on it. The redness has gone down, but it still itches a little.
At the dermatologist, he kept telling me that he did not know what I wanted from him because he could not diagnose Lupus without a biopsy, and he did not see anything that he could biopsy. First I never once asked him if I had Lupus. I also did not come to get a biopsy. I wanted the symptoms I was having to go away. I wanted my throat to stop hurting and the rash that I knew I was starting to get to go away. I was so frustrated that I did not know how to state what I wanted. (Plus, the guy was interrupting me and guessing (wrongly) what I was going to say before I said it). Even my daughter (at 11 years old) was saying that he was really rude and a real "pain in the butt").
I know I am flaring again. I feel that things are wrong and I know things will get worse. I want to stop it before it gets bad and lands me in bed and walking with a cane again. I don't want to wait until I look like a textbook case. I don't want a diagnosis, per-se... I want a fix. At least the Neurologist I saw yesterday, my Rheumy and my primary all take me seriously.
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Known Problems: Sjögren's, Hypermobility, UCTD, Arthritis, Hypothyroid, Migraines, Eye Problems, Skin Issues, Depression, PTSD, Anxiety, Autism (high functioning), and Gastric Bypass Surgery (affects what medicines I can take and for how long).
Suspected: Psoriatric Arthritis, Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Epilepsy, Endolymphatic Hydrops, and whatever they decide next
Post Edited (SoSt9) : 6/27/2014 1:00:00 PM (GMT-6)