I've been seeing a Rheumatologist since last summer and recently had a "lupus" diagnosis with a positive ANA as well as by evaluating other ongoing symptoms:
malar rash and other body rashes biopsied (positive)
ongoing temp of 100+
hair loss (hair stylist noticed it before I did)
This week; however, adds a new one... I've been dealing with tremendous pain in my hands and feet in addition to the major joints of hip, knees and lower back (bone density screening shows an abnormal bone density of -4 in the spine only). My hands "don't work right" is the only way to describe it. I have a hard time picking things up, and my feet tingle. The day before yesterday my ring finger turned bluish purple like it was bruised; the next day it was gone. Just a person shaking my hand in greeting brings me to my knees! This is something I've not experienced before, so I've made an appointment for tomorrow. Thing is, I'm hoping to receive some experience/suggestions for dealing with the pain...
The doctor has increased my Plaquenil dosage; and has changed me from Meloxicam to another anti-inflammatory. But at this point is feels like nothing seems to be helping!
Am I correct in assuming that this is a "flare" as it had seemed somewhat managed up until this past month.
I have four children: ages 2, 20, 24, and 27. That's not a typo, and I get frustrated not being able to pick up my little daughter.
Sorry this is so long, but thank you, and I'm grateful to have found this forum and vast experience!