Hi, Lynwood - Thank you for sharing the resources! I last saw a rheumatologist in 2014. Their original thought was that I could have mastocytosis, but that came back negative. Then they proceeded to do a bunch of blood work to test for auto immune conditions. The only thing that came back out of range was my ESR, which was slightly elevated. Of the tests mentioned in the article regarding inflammation, they tested my fasting glucose, RBW, and serum ferritin. All of those markers were within range, however, the ferritin was in range after taking iron supplements for a while because it had been very low previously. The rheumatologist basically dismissed me and said if things get worse some day, we can try again. I'm starting to feel like that some day is here.
My face actually has been looking pretty good lately. I live in the upper midwest of the US, so we have been experiencing winter for nearly 5 month. Based on last summer, I'm guessing it will get worse again when there is more sunlight. I took another picture this evening to have when I go to see a GP. My face was much more red and inflamed after only a few hours of helping with a home improvement project. I did not feel hot or flushed, so it wasn't like it was from working up a sweat. It's hard for me to tell where my rash falls since there are so many different examples of what a butterfly rash could look like out there. VIEW IMAGEVIEW IMAGE