In need of advice...I was diagnosed with SLE at the age iof 17...some 24 years ago, and until recently ( 4 years ago) received no treatment except for painkillers. I now have also been diagnosed with RA, Sjorgrens Disease and Reynauds...and also tenosynovitis..over the last few weeks I have been experiencing a numb sensation in both my hands and feet, feels a bit like when you have been to the dentist and it starts to wear off.
I menioned it to my specialist and she has referred me to a podiatrist, and said she 'thinks' i may have carpal tunnel..but was confused when I told her I get a pain deep in my armpit and then the pain begins in my hands, permanent numb feeling and pins and needles is making it quite hard to do everyday things, let alone my job, and it is becoming more painful. I have been advised to wear splints for bed...((I have been wearing splints for the last three months) these just seem to aggravate the problem, and dont offer any type of relief at all. Currently I take hydroxychoroquine, azathioprine, tramadol, diclofenac, lansoperazole, citalopram and co-codamol (30/500) as well as salivix and viscotears. None of the pain relief is doing very much at all anymore.
I have tried numerous thing to try to eleviate some of the sensation and pain, but to no avail...people look at you funily if you constantly have your hands in the air. Does anyone have any useful suggestions on hope to cope with this awful feeling other than having my hands constantly in the air~??? any advice greatfully received