I’ve questioned whether or not I have any of the aforementioned diagnoses. Perhaps, it’s all down to just my chiari but who knows! All of these conditions are a giant tangled mess.
I’ve always been very flexible. When I was younger, I could touch my toes to the back of my head. I still sit “folded up like a pretzel”, as my dad describes it. I’m just very double jointed. I also tend to bruise fairly easily. It seems I always have new bruises everyday and I haven’t a clue where they’ve come from. My skin isn’t stretchy but it is quite soft despite the fact I forget to ever use moisturizer. Of course what thinking of here is EDS. If I do have it, it isn’t severe but I plan on getting decompression so it’s something I should discuss with my NS beforehand.
Lupus. I have aching and stiff joints. I’m tired and often times just have this all around feeling of being unwell. I don’t get a butterfly rash but I do get these strange dry patches on both wrists from time to time. They start out as these small burning scratches and then they spread into a wider scaly red patch and they itch. They feel and look like burns. Takes a few days for them to clear.
Raynaud’s. I’ve never had good circulation and my hands and feet are always cold. I’ve also realized that I don’t really feel things as much as I used to? Raynaud’s would also certainly explain my odd fingernails.
What about the rest of you? Do you have symptoms like these and have they been attributed to any of these conditions?