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Auto-Immune?

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  • Posted By: trishpei
  • July 27, 2012
  • 06:43 PM

Hi there,

I am looking for help with a diagnosis.  I am a 34 year old caucasian female. I've always had a tendency to respiratory infections, and in recent years have also often have aching in my shoulders, arms, legs and ankles (which is typically eased by an extra-strength Advil, which I usually take at least once a day).  I occasionally have joint stiffness in my hands and ankles.  I sometimes have tingling/numbness in both hands and both feet (mostly always in the summer months, most noticeably first thing in the morning).  I also sometimes am very fatigued, for no apparent reason.  For the past 6 -8 months, I have had a small rash (slightly bigger than a quarter) on the back of my right hand  over a knuckle (which now appears as though it has scarred over), and another larger one over the bone of my left wrist.  I also have rashes on both of my ankles - larger than those on my hands.  These are not itchy, but they have been treated with both fungal and cortisone cream with no results.  I also have a slightly elevated sed rate.

Any ideas?  My doctor suspects some type of auto-immune disease (like lupus), but I have tested negative for ANA, and for the RA factor.  MS has also been ruled out.  I am waiting to see a dermatologist in the fall.  Day to day, so long as I take an Advil when I feel the aching coming on, I am fine...the tingling/numbness is not enough to slow me down, and as stated, the rashes are not bothersome.  Respiratory infections, of course, take me down for a couple of days, as does the fatigue from time to time (no more than a day or two usually).  

I have recently made some lifestyle changes by cutting out sugars and white breads and being more active, which has not only resulted in feeling better overall, but I have also lost 50 pounds.  Having said that, the symptoms above remain.  

Thanks for your feedback,
T.

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