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bunny28
03-18-2012, 04:43 PM
So I often notice when I wake up at night that my fingers are swollen to the point that my wedding ring hurts and/or I can't get it off. Also sometimes when I get up to use the washroom, my feet feel like I am walking on puffy, uneven soles that almost burn when I walk on solid surfaces. I have no idea if this is SLE, or age or pre-menopausal stuff? ( I mention the last one as I am mid 30s but when mentioned I was having night sweats (not anymore) my doc made me wonder if this was just inevitable)

I am not overly concerned but as I have no physician's appointments currently scheduled for a few months, am wondering if I need to mention it to someone sooner. It goes away fairly quickly once I am up and moving for the day.

Thanks,
Bunny

magistramarla
03-18-2012, 09:37 PM
Bunny,
We've had a lot of conversations here about swollen fingers and feet. My feet are exactly like you described, but mine get swollen and numb when I drive or stand on my feet too long also. Mine seems to be Raynaud's Syndrome, which is another one of those AI "friends" that likes to accompany Lupus and Sjogren's.
Stiff and swollen fingers can be a symptom of quite a few things - Raynaud's, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, etc.
We've had 20 year old members here complaining of night sweats. It also seems to be common with AI diseases. I'm 54, and I'm currently going through menopause. I've also had docs try to brush it off as "just a part of your age". They said the same thing about the bladder spasms and incontinence that I'm dealing with. I've found that night sweats are common with AI diseases and that bladder spasms are common with Spastic Paraplegia, which one of my docs thinks that I have. I think that the old "just menopause" thing is just an easy out for some docs who don't want to deal with our symptoms.
I think that you should document all of your symptoms and then bring it up at your next appointment.
Hugs,
Marla

steve.b
03-18-2012, 09:39 PM
i have the same issues.
i have lupus and fibro.

when i mentioned this to my rhuemy, he suggested that i take my anti inflamitory (celebrex) at night.
this will help with the days activities.

i still get swelling overnight, but it is not as bad.
i currently have more issues with my feet, than my fingers.

i believe, in my case, it is a normal part of lupus/fibro and nothing to be over concerned about.

bunny28
03-23-2012, 11:41 AM
Thanks everyone! You have reassured me. I am feeling "really good" right now (though I fear I may have jinxed that by saying it) so I think I will keep my eye on things and just mention them at my next appointment. Thanks everyone!

ritzbit2
03-23-2012, 04:42 PM
Night sweats, hot flashes, swelling, all of the above lol all of it is somehow lupus related for me. I'm only 19 I don't think menopause is an option for me lol

steve.b
03-23-2012, 07:10 PM
.... I'm only 19 I don't think menopause is an option for me lol

you have been missed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

by the way, i am male so i also doubt menapause is an option for me

ritzbit2
03-24-2012, 07:16 PM
I agree lol it would be odd if it was :P My rheum always says she thinks I have some kind of autonomic involvement causing it