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Forum Name: Rheumatology Topics

Question: Throbbing, burning, red, swollen hands and feet.

 frecklenose - Sat Oct 20, 2007 9:32 pm

I am a 33 year old caucasian female who is otherwise quite healthy. However, for the past three or four years I have been plagued with hands and feet that will feel like they are on fire, swell, throb, get red for no apparent reason. Symptoms first appear in the morning upon waking. Then they seem to come and go throughout the day. This is pretty much a 365 days a year condition. Many times people I know, as well as perfect strangers, will comment on the inflammed appearance of my hands -- at times it can be that noticeable, and always that painful.

I have been tested and re-tested numerous times for all the obvious conditions, such as RA and Lupus, but my blood levels are all within normal range. I always have normal blood pressure, heart rate and temperature. My hands and feet do not get blue or white, or go dead cold, so the docs have ruled out Reynauds. No joint deterioration was shown on x-rays and an EMG test was negative. After many visits to the Rheumatologist I am still without a diagnosis.

Symptoms do not really respond to NSAIDs. While I do seem to get mild relief from the pain with Prednisone, the symptoms themselves do not subside. My primary doctor prescribed Lasix to see if the swelling could be controlled. I've lost tons of water weight, but no difference in the overall swelling, throbbing redness or pain.

Does anyone have any suggestions, ideas...anything? I am at a complete loss. Thanks!
 Debbie Miller, RN - Sat Jan 19, 2008 6:43 pm

User avatar Hello,
I'm sorry you are suffering with this. It sounds like you have covered much territory and have seen specialists who are still at a loss. Have you also seen a dermatologist in case this is some type of eczema or allergic dermatitis? Reynaud's would have been my first guess but you have already had that checked. I wish I could be more helpful. In medicine there are still many mysteries. Some are eventually solved but must get worse before getting better or the body heals itself with time.

Good luck with this.

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