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Anyone else have Erythromelalgia (EM)?


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#1 pinnygig

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Posted 11 April 2010 - 09:52 PM

Hi all,

There are so many overlaps but I haven't seen anyone else mention this. Although it's likely my clinical diagnosis will ultimately be Scleroderma, it's still UCTD as far as I can make out. However I do have EM (it was responsible for everything else finally being treated with some degree of seriousness instead of the usual fobbing off of weird symptoms).

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Posted 12 April 2010 - 02:49 AM

Hi Pinnygig,

I do not have erythromelalgia but I have thalassemia minor. This is microcytic anemia which means my erythrocytes are small and not of full capacity. Iron is sufficient but hemoglobin is not. Therefore I have developed compensation in number of them. My blood picture shows always more than 5.6 million erythrocytes. I have had this for more than 20 years and I believe it is not related to my colagenosys. It is hereditary but I do not know anyone in my family to have that. I am special!

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#3 Amanda Thorpe

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Posted 12 April 2010 - 07:57 AM

Hello Pinnygig

I have erythromelalgia, basically blood vessels over dilate and you get that lovely burning and redness in the feet, hands and/or legs. You can actually feel the heat coming off my legs when I am having an episode. Bizarrely you can have EM and Raynaud's and indeed I have both! I take an anti depressant that has really helped reduce symptoms which of course is great!

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Posted 12 April 2010 - 08:25 AM

Hi Amanda,

Wow! Hi! I've lived with EM for about 15 years and wasn't able to get anyone to listen to me until I happened to have a flare when I was at the doctors for something else. That's what finally led to the rheumatology appointment and subsequently the piecing together of all the other problems I've been having.

I too have both EM and Raynaud's although my Raynaud's rarely goes to the blanching level. The EM is much worse as a general hindrance than the Raynaud's. Isn't it strange how strangely comforting it is to share with someone who has the same?

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I had an episode of anxiety depression for which I was given Citalopram. I noticed that a side effect appeared to be the lessening of my EM symptoms. I've actually gone back onto it purely for that effect now. Is that the same anti depressant you're on?

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Posted 14 April 2010 - 08:51 AM

Hello Pinnygig

Yes I also found that my EM was worse than my Raynaud's and that my Raynaud's seems to be much milder than most, I wonder if it has anything to do with also having EM? Might ask my rheumatologist next time round!

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Posted 18 April 2010 - 08:45 AM

Hi
I also have both EM and Raynaud's, for me my Raynaud's was the worst but during the last year the EM side of things has got worse. So I either have dead hands or they're bright red and burn! I also take an anti depressant for it.

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