Results 1 to 9 of 9

Thread: Burning in fingertip, what could be wrong?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    Aurora, colorado
    Posts
    21
    Thanks
    13
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post

    Default Burning in fingertip, what could be wrong?

    I have this burning feeling in the fingertip of my right index finger
    . At first it would happen a few times a day but now it happens like 15 min apart sometimes sooner. I tried running cool water, and even cold water over it but that doesn't help. I also notice that my hands go numb really easy. When I brush my teeth, grip my phone and grip stearing wheel my hand gets numb.
    I dont have insurance so I can't go to the doctor everytime I have new symptoms. Oh and one more problem.I'm having is deep breathing. When I take a deep breath or yawn my chest hurts really bad in the middle of my chest and hurts my back. Someone please give me some feedback. Are these symptoms something serious or its just what comes with Lupus?

  2. #2
    tgal's Avatar
    tgal is offline Super Moderator Super ModeratorEmperor of the Solar System
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Houston, Texas
    Posts
    4,521
    Thanks
    1,547
    Thanked 1,741 Times in 1,211 Posts

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by FranzeeSmith View Post
    I have this burning feeling in the fingertip of my right index finger
    . At first it would happen a few times a day but now it happens like 15 min apart sometimes sooner. I tried running cool water, and even cold water over it but that doesn't help. I also notice that my hands go numb really easy. When I brush my teeth, grip my phone and grip stearing wheel my hand gets numb.
    I dont have insurance so I can't go to the doctor everytime I have new symptoms. Oh and one more problem.I'm having is deep breathing. When I take a deep breath or yawn my chest hurts really bad in the middle of my chest and hurts my back. Someone please give me some feedback. Are these symptoms something serious or its just what comes with Lupus?
    I understand having no insurance (I don't either ) but anytime you are dealing with a major organ; Lungs, Heart, kidneys or brain, you can't mess around with that. Trouble with breathing or chest pain needs to be seen by a doctor ASAP
    Mari

    Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

    ~Winston Churchill~







  3. The Following User Says Thank You to tgal For This Useful Post:

    FranzeeSmith (07-31-2011)

  4. #3
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Kansas City Area
    Posts
    110
    Thanks
    76
    Thanked 87 Times in 51 Posts

    Default

    Hi Fran, I'm Sharpie. I agree with tgal; if in doubt, check it out. Has anyone mentioned the idea of a medical journal to you yet? It's a really good idea to keep an ongoing list of the problems you're having, so that you can make those expensive doctor's appointments count for all they're worth. I tend to space out after an hour of waiting at the doctor's office, so the written list is vital to me. It assures I won't forget something, or skim over something that I think I might be wasting the doc's time with.

    I've had symptoms like your deep breathing pains before. For me, it turned out to be pleurisy. I'm really glad I went to the doctor about it, because the stress of wondering what it was was almost as bad for me as the pain itself. Not once, since I starting feeling ill, have I regretted talking to my doctors about any of my symptoms, even the embarassing ones. (like this crazy rash under my breasts, which, it turns out, is lupus related too.)

    I hope you can find out what's causing your pain, and be able to treat it. Also, here's me wishing you a belated welcome to WHL. =)

    Sharpie

  5. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to sharpiessave For This Useful Post:

    FranzeeSmith (07-31-2011), tgal (07-30-2011)

  6. #4
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Pennsylvania, USA
    Posts
    879
    Thanks
    409
    Thanked 270 Times in 194 Posts

    Default

    Hi Fran I spent years off and on with chest pain leading in to my back. I made repeated ER visits and they could not find anything and said it was stress related, depression, etc. When I finally saw a rheumatologist, she said I had mild pericarditis. If there is no fluid built up around it, it can't be seen on an ultrasound. There are many reasons for pain in that area and lupus hits the vascular parts of the heart too. Tgal is right, it's nothing to mess around with. In time you will be better able to know when you can wait and when you can't. Sometimes I still error on the safe side. I'm sorry about the insurance issue. There are so many in your situation right now. It's just wrong. (((hugs)))

  7. The Following User Says Thank You to lovedbyHim For This Useful Post:

    FranzeeSmith (07-31-2011)

  8. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    ohio
    Posts
    79
    Thanks
    47
    Thanked 18 Times in 17 Posts

    Default

    My hands get numb too, I also get the burning sensation in my fingers, no chest pain though, I have read that lupus can cause chest pain when you take a deep breath its called pleurisy, I think its caused by fluid build up around the lungs, but your doctor can tell you more.

  9. The Following User Says Thank You to gkf109 For This Useful Post:

    FranzeeSmith (07-31-2011)

  10. #6
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Chicago
    Posts
    255
    Thanks
    27
    Thanked 82 Times in 69 Posts

    Default

    I cannot speak to the chest pain, but my feet and most of my joints have that burning sensation.

  11. The Following User Says Thank You to Manderson For This Useful Post:

    FranzeeSmith (07-31-2011)

  12. #7
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    pinjarra, western australia
    Posts
    2,925
    Blog Entries
    1
    Thanks
    1,398
    Thanked 1,618 Times in 1,108 Posts

    Default

    i want to post about chest pain.

    but first i agree you need to see a doctor.

    i also have chest problems.
    my rhuemy explained it to me.
    we have fluid in our muscles, causing them to expand and get sore.
    your lung muscles push your lungs backwards.
    the lung pushes on your shoulder blade.
    this makes deep breathing painful.
    it also makes my right shoulder blade sore all of the time.


    please see adoctor to make sure this is what is happenning.
    it could be something else.
    do not take risks with this.

  13. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to steve.b For This Useful Post:

    FranzeeSmith (07-31-2011), tgal (07-30-2011)

  14. #8
    rob is offline Super Moderator Super ModeratorEmperor of the World
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Posts
    3,681
    Thanks
    426
    Thanked 1,105 Times in 628 Posts

    Default

    Hello Fran,

    As others have said, when it comes to chest pain/breathing issues, see a doctor/go to the ER-better safe than sorry. That being said, I get chest pain at times, sometimes associated with breathing, and in the past, it's been Pleurisy. Lately though, my pain comes from Costochondritis, which is an alarmingly painful, yet fairly benign condition caused by inflammation of the soft connective tissues of the ribcage. I use NSAIDs and a hot pack when it happens.

    In regards to the burning in your finger, it sounds much like problems I have that are central nervous system related. Various types of neuropathy (nerve pain) are fairly common in people with SLE. I know you have no insurance, but you may want to consider getting a referral to a Neurologist to help you with this. If it is some type of neuropathy, there are some effective meds available that might help. I hope you get it all figured out.

    Rob

    FYI- And if your finger starts blowing blue, it means Orks are near...
    Last edited by rob; 07-31-2011 at 08:23 AM.

  15. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to rob For This Useful Post:

    FranzeeSmith (07-31-2011), tgal (07-31-2011)

  16. #9
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    Aurora, colorado
    Posts
    21
    Thanks
    13
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post

    Default

    Thank you all for the feed back. It was very helpful. I will be going to the doctor this week, I just have to find the strength. I woke up this morning and my whole body is stiff all over again. Anywho thank you all once again!

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •