Hello. I have been posting most of my questions in the MS section of this site because that is what initially alerted me. I have had two MRIs, one of the brain, one of the cspine and an eye exam and all normal. My situation started with numbness in my hands and feet that has been replaced with extreme tightness, cracking and pain in my joints (fingers, wrists, ankles, toes). I am going to see a rheumatologist on Monday to discuss my symptoms and have an ANA blood test. Is lupus known to cause numbness and tingling of the extremities? I have been told that MS could be misdiagnosed as lupus, as the two share many of the same symptoms... is this one of them? Thank you for your help!
Just dropped in on your question of numbness/tingling....
My lupus symptoms cause extreme swelling in my wrists, hands and feet - the swelling in my hands/wrists actually result in carpal tunnel syndrome (alot of tingling and numbness). Is the numbness, etc worse at night? Carpal tunnel symptoms are often worse at night as people unknowingly tuck their hands into bent positions...
Some people (like me) with lupus also have Raynaud's which also causes tingling/numbness - but you'd probably notice that your hands change radical colors (blue, red, white)
I've been on prednisone for two weeks now, and the improvement is tremendous, although my hands still have some tingling...hope you find out soon what you've got so you can start to treat it!
I've had Lupus for about 20 years now and just recently; the last 3 or 4 months, I've noticed the numbness, tingling in my arms, hands, legs and feet too. I'm not sure but I think it's probably the Lupus just being weird. :rolleyes:
As for the butterfly rash, I've never had one on my face (Thank God) but I generally get them on my legs and hands. They aren't too bad. :bouncing: My first one was on my calf and it was biopsied and came back Lupus so that was pretty easy for the Doctor to put the other symptoms together and diagnose me. I was lucky though and thank my lucky stars that it was relatively quick and I didn't suffer as long as I could have without a diag.
Best of luck
I too have posted on the MS site, but Have been thinking for a while about lupus, I have tingling sensations in my hands arm and face they just wax and wane. I feel really tired sometimes then ok others my arms go weak sometimes then again are ok others I have muscle twitching in calf muscles and right tricep muscle. I feel like im going to fall over when I go into supermarkets or the hospital I think its the lights I also get horrible headaches, burning sensations in my legs etc.
I noticed a rash on my tops of my arms like a round disc type, I also think my nose and slighly my cheeks are too red sometimes and my hands are always cold and I think that they go red in the cold but my fingers are still white?
I have spoke to my dr about this he says the rash is just an allergic reaction to something, I did have an ANA test which was normal. But doing some research I have read that it is only positive in 90% of patients and that also it can go up and from time to time in the blood, so it may come back normal one time but be positive the next. I too had a normal MRI of my brain and spine and my nuro exam was normal too.
I did not go on holiday last year because I felt unwell, but when I went the year before I noticed my eyebrows went red after bein in the sun.
What do you think??