Hi guys. I am so very new to all of this, and need some direction here....
For the fifth time since Easter, I have been itching from head to toe, not a little irritating itch, but an all over awful itch, one of those if you scrath you cant get to it. It very prickly and is driving me NUts!! Each time it happens I try to figure out what I have eaten of come in contact with, but I am beginning to think this is not an allergy, but a systemic thing.
That being said, I went to the ER last night at 2:00. Thank goodness the sweet doctor was on that shift (I have gotten to know all of them, haha). He gave me a Medrol injection and did some blood work. My WBC count came back at 17.1, way out of range. I have no apparent signs of infection, and I dont feel sick, except for the itching and fatigue I always have. My temp was 99.0, which is high for me. I run a 97.1 usually. He also found some swollen lymph nodes under my chin. I didnt know they were there, because they are not painful. He wants me to follow up with my PCP tomorrow, and possibly see a hematologist.
Ok, guys.... help me understand this. I have been online since I got home looking into this, but I cant find anything that tells me if this could be the Lupus flaring, or some kind of Hodgkins? This is very scary. Plus, remember that I am in between Rheumy's right now, so I cant call him yet.
I know you guys can explain this to me, and help me to calm down and not worry so much. Its just that I have have four children I am raising alone right now, and I have to be here for them.
Thank you so much!!
Mother of four, full time Systems Analyst
Sjogrens, Crohns, suspected Lupus, Pancreatitis Dec. 2005
Meds: Medrol injections; Darvocet, starting Plaquenil in Feb.