Hello everyone, thank you for welcoming me to the community.
I was diagnosed with RA when I was 23 (I’m 27 now) and I began seeing a new rheumatologist about 7 months ago. My new physician checks my lymph nodes at every appointment (something my other physician rarely did) and he always asks if I have an increased sensitivity to heat or cold. I always answer no, but mainly because I don’t really understand what he means.
Lately, I’ve noticed that I start to shiver at work and my nails and lips will sometimes turn purple because I’m so cold. On the flip side, I will start to get joint pain in my hands and feet when I’m in the heat and I can only be outside for a short amount of time before I become irritated (I live in Florida). Is this what he means? If not, what should I look out for? Thank you.
Diagnosis: Rheumatoid arthritis and slight goiter
Medication: Enbrel and methotrexate