| | wrist/hand pain
Hello fellow Lupus patients;
I was diagnosed with Lupus SLE a year ago. I am turning 50 in September. I have been taking plaquenil, Cel cept and Levothyroxine for my underactive thyroid.
I have managed to keep my Lupus pretty much under control, however, I am having great difficulty with pain in my wrists, palms, and pain going down the sides of my wrists. It is very painful to rotate my wrists, grip and pull, turn the car ignition on and off, putting on the seat belt, opening a can, etc. I am very limited as to what I can do with my hands. I go to the gym 5 - 6 times a week, and always do cardio, and weights with every part of my body except arm weights. I am trying to work around the pain in the hands, but it is so difficult to do simple things and I don't like feeling helpless. I sometimes get very depressed about it all. I get very exhausted and have to force myself to do many things. Maybe I shouldn't have lifted weights before with my arms/hands, perhaps I aggravated the Lupus? I don't know what to do.
Does anyone out there who works out with Lupus have any suggestions/advice? I get depressed to the point of crying. I used to always be very strong and athletic until a year ago. I am trying my best to stay active. Any kind of support would be helpful, thank you