Hello and good day all. After reading the most recent posts I can say honestly that I am afraid to go to a rhuemy for fear of being told it's all in my head.... I have 2 questions I was hoping someone could answer for me:
Info about me - 2 positive ANA results (but were on the low side), high white blood cells in urnie, arm rashes that take months to go away, aches and pains, tired to exhausted, raynauds in the hands, digestive tract troubles.......
1.) I've noticed small red spots appearing on my body for a couple of years now. There are a few on my hands and feet and when I apply pressure to those ones they "go away" then come back when I release the pressure. The ones on my body and legs (and one on my face <yipee, it's always fun to have things grow on your face for the world to see>) are larger and do not disappear with pressure. Someone said those were hemangiomas. I read with lupus you can get red spots. Could any of these be related to Lupus? Either the ones on my hands and feet or my body or both?
2.) Every once in a while I will get patches of skin on my hands, under my forearms, or inside my elbows that gets hypersensitive to pressure/touch. It hurts to touch the area even with clothes. It comes on suddenly and can last a few hours and then goes away suddenly. I've tried to find info on this but haven't had any luck. It is not an allergic reaction to anything, doesn't itch or turn colors, looks perfectly normal. Has anyone else ever had this or heard of this?
Thanks for all the information. My doctor seems to want to hold off diagnosing me until I have an ANA result that's through the roof. So I'm trying to gather up all my ammo. But I do feel like I'm trying to prove I have a desease when the doctor is being sceptical. That's why I'm afraid to go to a rhuemy, if he runs me out I would feel humiliated..... why do they make it so hard? It's not like I want a diagnosis so I can then get sympathy. I just want to understand what's wrong with me so I can manage it.....
As I look out my window it looks like a blizzard outside. Hope everyone elses weather is better! Happy holidays and god bless.