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Good Morning,

I am experiencing another new thing where I can not wear a long sleeve shirt because the skin on my right arm from the elbow down has become very painful if anything touches it.

It is as if the skin has become hyper sensitive and I can not even have my bed sheets touch it. I have wrapped the arm with a bandage so nothing rubs up against it.

I am going to my Rheumy this coming Tuesday with a laundry list of things that have gone out of control with my body. Hair is falling out rapidly, skin on my fingers is peeling, my knuckles have become red and rough, brown patches are popping up all over my face, tips of my fingers looked wrinkled as if I have had them soaking in water for hours, my gums are rapidly receeding in my mouth and the root of some of my teeth are now exposed, blah, blah, blah...the list goes on and on.

Needless to say I am not so attractive right now and feel worse then ever. I do hope to get some answers and help to calm this and get back to some normalacy.

I hope your all doing well today.:wink2:
 

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I have had hypersensitive skin since a child and have experienced what you describe happening to your arm right now. It comes and goes over time. I have had excema since a child and am allergic to soap's, etc., and have learned to manage it (and the pain) by showering with hypoallergenic body cleansers (Dove for Sensitive Skin) followed by immediately coating every bit of skin with Curel Ultra Healing Intensive Moisture Lotion for Extra-Dry Skin, the only over-the-counter lotion that works for me right now. I still have issues, but that regimen manages everything more effectively than anything my doctor's have prescribed to date.

You definitely need to show everything to your rheumy though. It sounds like there may be more going on with you that may require stronger treatment. Are you currently diagnosed with lupus? If so, the intervention may be different. I'm not yet diagnosed with lupus but things are leaning in that direction.

Best wishes -

Barb
 

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(((( Karol ))))

I hope that you get some answers too. You have so much going on in your life right now, its about time your body gave you a break!!!

I do get that hyper sensitive skin, but on my right leg where I have all my other neuro probs. It varies between numbness and very painful and sensitive and I cant bear anything to touch it. That on its own I find a pain, let alone all the other things that you are dealing with Karol.

I really hope that your rheumy appt on Tues goes well for you. Let me know how you get on.

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Thanks Barb and Deb for replying to my post. I do not have skin issues or sensitive skin so typically I never have any issues with my skin.....ever.

I will let you know how the appointment goes. I have a laundry list of complaints and new issues going on that I am bringing with me so I know my Rheumy will be glad when I leave the office.:lol::lol::lol:

I am guessing this will require steriods even though I typically do not take steriods as I boycotted them and said, "No More".:sad::rolleyes::rolleyes:

I am in that bad of shape that I am willing to do just about anything to get my life back in control. Right now I feel like my life and health are on a giant downward spiral.:(:(:(
 

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this is just one way I know that I am flaring, my skin and head feel extremely tender to touch, and I cannot bear the cat sitting on my lap as it hurts, also my gums bleed alot when flaring.
 

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Karol,
Hi, I am so sorry you are having to deal with this. I know what you mean. When I have the rash on my skin it itches so bad but when you itch it, it hurts so much (even when things like clothes brush up against it). How is it working with it being bandaged up for you? I would speak with the doctor because they give me a tropic cream that does help with the sensitivity that comes at least with the rash not sure if it will help with your arm but at this point anything is better than nothing i am sure of that. Let us know what the doctor says about your laundry list as mine just knods his head most of the time.
 

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Tammy,

Keeping the arm bandaged is working, not 100% but better then without it.

I will let you know what the doctor says after I give him my laundry list.:lol:

He may wish it is Friday by the time I leave.:wink2:
 
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