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#1 annkd

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Posted 08 July 2011 - 10:19 AM

For the past three days my arms and legs have been progressively getting weaker and weaker. They feel like they are being squeezed and it does not let up. My arms are so weak that I find it hard to lift things or even open a door. Along with scleroderma I have fibromyalgia. Could this be related to either? It is making me nervous because it is not letting up. Any thought would be greatly appreciated.
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Posted 08 July 2011 - 12:12 PM

Hi Ann,

Where the squeezing sensation is concerned, it could well be that your skin is getting tauter, as that is how mine felt when it happened. However, my skin also relaxed after some years, plus, that sensation did seem to ebb after a while. Knowing what was going on helped too.

My expereince (with Fibro) has been the same as yours, in that I've experienced weakness as well. Also, I don't have upper body strength any longer and I used to be quite strong, for a woman, too.

I hope that things settle down for you soon. In the meantime, please share this with your doctor, as something can be done to help with the tautness of your skin, more than likely.
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Posted 08 July 2011 - 01:12 PM

Thanks Susie, I had not even thought of skin tightening. During my last appointment with my rheumatologist he mentioned that my skin was changing on my arms (leathery) and I didn't put this together. My goodness, another change for me. I think I may have to try and get an earlier appointment. Thank you so much.
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Posted 08 July 2011 - 01:35 PM

Hi Ann,

I hope that you have a good weekend :high-five:
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#5 Jeannie McClelland

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Posted 08 July 2011 - 04:53 PM

Hi Ann,

My experience with fibromyalgia is also the same as yours and Susie's. I also experience a feeling of tightness in my legs periodically and that is often because I've got some swelling going on, even when it hasn't hit the puffy stage. It scared the daylights out of me the first time it happened. :unsure:

Here's hoping you get an earlier appointment and it is absolutely nothing!

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Posted 08 July 2011 - 08:32 PM

Jeannie and Susie - it is scary. The unknown is not a comfortable place to be. I have done my research and it is clear to me that I need a dialogue with my rheumatologist. I will let you know what I find out. Your good wishes are appreciated. hugs, Ann

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Posted 08 July 2011 - 10:28 PM

Ann,

The first thing that I would want to know is the values of my inflammation indicators (ESR [sed rate] and c reactive protein). These are very common blood tests. If positive, they might indicate an inflammatory process such as myositis or some other flare-up. These values tend to be negative with fibromyalgia.

Bear in mind that these tests are "non-specific", which means they could be positive for anything that could cause inflammation (such as the flu). But they can provide good clues.

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Posted 09 July 2011 - 10:52 AM

Hi Ann,

Thankfully I haven't suffered with weakness in my arms and legs such as you describe but my fingers were certainly very tight and swollen as some of the others have stated.

We've recently had an interesting thread here on Weak legs and arms which I hope you'll find helpful.

I agree with the other members in that I think you should perhaps get an earlier appointment with your rheumatologist in order to discuss your concerns with him. I do hope that he will be able to reassure you.

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