Hi, I’m awaiting results of blood tests and chest x-ray from first appointment with Rheumatologist a month ago. My GP referred me as he suspects vasculitis as the fingers on my right hand have been swollen, sore and sensitive with red/purple bruising and spots since Christmas. I saw another consultant for a different issue but when they saw my hand they also thought it could be vasculitis.
I also have hypothyroidism and Raynauds, usually just my feet suffer from the cold so first time my hands have been affected, and when they’re bad I can’t bend my fingers properly or make a fist.
When I saw the Rheumatologist she thought I also had livedo reticularis and she mentioned possible connective tissue problems as my fingers and toes were blue too even though it was a warm room.
In the last month I’ve had a bloody nose for a few days (just when blowing, not a nosebleed) and more recently an uncomfortable pain on the side of my nose. It’s like a shooting pain that lasts a few seconds but happening more frequently. Wondering about sinuses but I don’t have a cold or congestion? I’ve never had nosebleeds or this type of pain before. Just feel like I’m slowly but surely getting worn down with something.
I had lots of blood tests done a few years ago, apart from positive ANA and thyroglobulin everything else was negative. So I’m preparing myself for if all the new blood tests/X-ray are normal, then possible that will just be discharged from Rheumatology again.
I’d really like to know if this nose pain could be related to vasculitis or maybe just coincidence? Thanks for your help.