This is my first post on this forum. I have not been given an official diagnosis yet that I have this illness so I am trying to stay positive and I have seen some very positive stories of people getting with life as close to normal as possible.
I have had Raynaud's for a number of years now but recently it has become more severe and has spread to other parts of my body, feet, nose and lips in particular. Even if I am not having a full blown attack, my finger tips remain bluish and cold and I have had my first 'hack' on one of my finger tips due to skin drying out and becoming quite thin and taut. I have taken moisturising my hands a lot more seriously since that happened. I notice other changes in my hands. The skin on my knuckles is usually quite red and ruddy in appearance and i have what i would call sausage fingers and puffy hands.
I am being sent to have an oesophago-gastroduodenoscopy ( OGD) in a couple of weeks as I have near constant heart burn and acid reflux. Sometimes I find swallowing quite painful and I have the sensation of food getting stuck in my gullet. The doctor gave me tablets to take to prevent the heart burn and if I forget to take them I suffer for it that day. I notice if I have been exercising - either lifting weights or running - I can experience a horrible burning sensation in my throat.
I went to the doctor before holiday because of weekly visual migraines. When a neurologist saw me, he suggested they were probably brought on by stress and tiredness, and while I know there is definitely an element of truth in this, I am curious to know whether there could be a connection between this illness and this type of migraine.
The doctor ran a lot of blood tests on me before holiday and I am doing the rounds of the hospital seeing different specialists. Curiously she was not so quick to refer me to rheumatology even though the tests she ran showed positive for various autoimmune anti-bodies. She eventually made a referral for me when I went to see her recently and she saw what my hands are like during an attack.
I have been to gynecology due to having very large cysts on my ovaries (not sure if there is a connection?) and haematology. Both consultants have queried whether I have been sent to rheumatology. I saw the haematologist yesterday because of raised platelets. He mentioned that he thought a lot of the symptoms and problems I have been experiencing lately could be connected and he said he was going to write to my GP to strongly recommend that I see a rheumatologist.
The bizarre thing is I feel fine at the minute apart from the Raynaud's. I went running a couple of days ago and my fingers felt like they had been slammed in a door. I do have a history of Grave's Disease so it would not be beyond the realms of possibility to develop another autoimmune condition.
I'm not entirely sure what the purpose of posting this is! I am looking for information and my search led me to this website. When I eventually get my referral, I'll be telling my consultant how to do their job... Perhaps not the best thing in the world...
Thanks for reading.