The enemy is me: Recent research gives hope for new lupus treatments
Friday, September 25, 2009
"It's very frustrating because I know what my symptoms are," said Debby Schultz of Racine.
It was the blue hands which pushed her toward an answer. Her sister noticed the hands and urged Schultz to see a doctor, remarking that the symptoms were just like those of their mother who suffered with lupus for years. Schultz found she has it, too.
The blue hands are Raynaud's syndrome and result from poor circulation. She's considering surgery to cut nerves in her fingers which hopefully will allow the blood vessels to dilate and circulation to return to normal. But she also has fatigue, skin rashes which come and go, and pain. As her disease became worse, she was unable to lift parts for her job at InSinkErator. She can't stand for long periods.
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