I need some guidance...
A year ago I started out with a cound bruise like patch above my breast that remained for several months - it was itchy, painful & sometimes the pain radiated down my arm. I was also lethargic I had 2 mamograms, a biopsy and bloodwork. Bloodwork suggested elevatated ANA level - went to a rheumatologist who did more bloodwork to rule out Lupus , prescribed prednisone & sent me to a derm. Derm took biopsy and diagnosed Lupus Panniculitis & began me on Plaquenil. Within 3 weeks I was hospitalized for 5 days with a severe skin reaction to the Plaquenil, which accompanied low blood pressure & high fever. After release, I was still on high doses of prednisone. The initial problem of the rash like bruise on my breast cleared up.
The rash cleared up, but now my heels & achiles tendon, my ankles, wrists and base of my thumbs are in constant pain. I have another welt like red bruise which has gotten bigger & spreading on my thigh and my hair is starting to fall out. Not in large clumps but about 40 strands after a shower and 10-20 randomly if I run my fingers through my hair. I am back on prednisone which is now showing no relief at all. The biopsy is inconclusive & my ANA levels now seem to be normal. It was suggested I go for a second opinion to a "Houselike" md Can anyone take a stab at this?
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