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Michela P: Swelling in Hands and Feet


Yellow Rose by Sherrill Knaggs, ISN Artist Hello, I am a forty-nine-year-old woman. My problem is that some time ago I began to be affected by swelling in several parts of my body, mainly hands, feet, ankles and legs. I do not feel a lot of pain, but I feel like my skin is burning on my hands. When I sleep, I get cramps in my legs, and the same burning sensation as well as numbness in my hands, which is very annoying.

A few weeks ago, I had some urine and blood analysis. While in the blood test everything looked normal, in my urine samples they found albumin.

I have been in a stage of menopause for eight years, and I use hormone patches. I should add I have some problems of high blood pressure. Usually my minimum is between 90 and a 100, and I measure it every day at the pharmacy.

I would like to know what could be the cause of these symptoms and if it is something I should worry about. I thank you in advance, and I hope to get an answer as soon as possible.

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Story edited 06-26-06 JTD
Story posted 08-21-06 SLE

ISN Senior Artist: Sherrill Knaggs
Story Translator: Alba León
Story Editor: Judith Thompson Devlin
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(Italiano) Michela P: Gonfiore Mani e Piedi

ISN Artist: Sherrill Knaggs (In Loving Memory)

Sherrill KnaggsSherrill Knaggs, ISN Artist, created the digital photo to illustrate the story on this page. Sherrill lived in New Zealand. Her story was featured in ISN's book, Voices of Scleroderma Volume 2.

ISN Translator and Editor: Alba León

Alba LeonAlba León is the ISN Translator for this page. She is studying international relations in Mexico City.

ISN Story Editor: Judith Thompson Devlin

Photo of JudithJudith Thompson Devlin is the ISN Story Editor for this story. She is also lead editor of the ISN's wonderful Voices of Scleroderma book series!

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