Don't get a rash but I do get Raynaulds often and then pain. Have you mentioned the rash to your doctor. Maybe something else is going on also. If you have one auto-immune diseases you're bound to get more even if it takes years to develop.
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My joints started swelling only a few years ago, hands, wrists, toes. I was also diagnosed with Sjogren's many years ago and so far that's been the diagnosis accept now rheumatologist says inflammatory arthritis. I noticed that red meat makes it worse also corn products. I try to avoid sugar. I have to limit salt for my blood pressure but if I don't the swelling from the salt also makes the inflammation and pain worse. Whether or not it helps I try to drink an anti-inflammatory tea recipe I found online and use the spices also suggested in cooking at health websites. I do eat a lot of walnuts and blueberries. I just don't want to be a fanatic about foods and diets. One of these days someone is going to say brocoli is bad for us.
I lost my hearing in left ear suddenly 3 years ago. Wear a hearing aid in my right ear now but so many environments bother me I often just stay home. I don't even go to church because of the music and if I use an ear plug I can't hear the priest. Do you think I'd be a good candidate for an implant and would be able to get used to it? I am 70 years old.
I just spotted your post today. I don't want to scare anyone away but I really need someone who understands… today especially. I have had Sjogren's for as long as I can remember. Have always had trouble with my teeth even though I am scrupulous about taking care of them. Earaches since I was a child. I also lost my hearing totally in the left ear suddenly 3 years ago in August. I am so lucky to have a husband who at least acts like he's listening but I'm sure he doesn't always want to. I belong to a fun group of artists that get together weekly to paint for two years now. Today they had the music so loud it was impossible for me to think let alone paint. Someone would ask me if it is too loud and turn it down the next song someone would turn it up because they liked that song. It seems like she's the one always doing that. 2 years already and I have to always be the bad guy. I'm so down about it today I'm thinking of quitting. The worse part about it is we are new to this area and this is about the only activity I really enjoy. Thanks for listening. We can share more about you and hearing if you reply I can be a good person to talk to on a better day.
About six months ago my doctor of maybe 30 years said inflammatory arthritis. My question here is what does that mean? Over so many years of testing I have learned it isn't so easy to get to the final answer. I know that's not what anyone wants to hear. When she told me Fibromalgia, Sjogrens, Raynaulds, and a few diagnoses that seemed to be an answer there was still something that wasn't answered. What I am trying to say is we have to look at the bright side. All this time they've been learning new things and new meds are being discovered. Today must be a good day for me and we better all enjoy the ones we can. Hang in there.