Patient Comments: Vasculitis - Diagnosis

How was your vasculitis diagnosed?

Comment from: Vicki, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 31

I am 30. I had pain in my legs and a rash on my upper legs. A few days later, my legs, feet, arms, hands, palms were swollen and the rash spread to all of the above limbs. The soles of my feet started to itch like crazy, and my legs just a little bit. I ended up in hospital. Received Steroids and Cortisone. Had a skin biopsy done. They diagnosed me last Thursday with Urticarial Vasculitis. They don't know what causes it and they told me they probably never will. It is difficult to treat because of all the side effects of the medications. I take two antihistamine tablets in the morning and two at night. By end of December they are going to stop my meds and see if I have an outbreak again. The episode went on for a week before I got better. It is not nice...

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Comment from: mal, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: May 23

I was diagnosed with vasculitis summer 2013. It first appeared as tiny red dots on my legs. I thought it was a heat rash. I noticed if I stand too long, usually about five hours, I would break out bad and the dots would be more like splotches and they would itch and tingle. Stress also doesnt help or stimulants of any kind. Sometimes I get really achy in my legs and really tired. If I don't stand much for a couple days they disappear and my legs look normal. I'm on colchicine. This medicine has helped my breakouts be less horrible but doesnt prevent it so far. I've been on it for a year and it has made me sick with fever symptoms twice. I honestly hate this medicine. My primary doctor says it should go dormant in me after a couple years from my body making new proteins and I'm hoping that's the case. I'm trying to make my diet healthier to try and restore my pH balance, but it's hard when I love pop and pizza. My doctors have no idea why I have it. All my blood work and urine tests came out normal every time. They say I have hypersensitivity vasculitis but I don't know what's causing it. I did have a party phase after high school where I did a fair amount of MDMA and abused Vyvanse and Adderall to stay awake for college studying. I will never do that again and encourage anyone my age not to experiment in amphetamines. My doctors said that didn't cause it so I'm not sure. I wish the best for everyone else who battles this disease. It's hard for people to understand what I'm going through.

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Comment from: Florida Girl, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 07

I am 38 years old. About a month ago I had a burning sensation on my right lower ankle, kind of itchy. It was at the end of the day at work. When I got home I removed my socks and I had a light red rash forming on my right foot. By the next morning it was going up my ankle and was on my left leg. Within a week I had dark purple red areas on my legs from my shins down, with tiny blisters. I went to the ER they said I had vasculitis and to follow up with my doctor on Monday. Well i have been on Prednisone for 2 weeks. Once I got to the 10 mg Prednisone I noticed the rash starting back just like it did the first time. I have been off work three weeks total; now off for another three weeks per my doctor. Seeing internal medicine doctor this week to see if they know what is going on with me. All my labs and biopsy has come back normal. Don't know what to do now. If this keeps occurring I will not be able to work. I have vascular neuropathy in my left lower leg from the vasculitis now, what it will do if it continues.

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Comment from: Illinois Boy, 25-34 Male (Caregiver) Published: October 15

My son age 26 was recently diagnosed with this ugly vasculitis. It started with a stomach ache and he also had stiff knees where it hurt to bend his knees or to walk. The swelling started with an IV in his right arm then to both arms, both hands, and both feet. One foot looked like a monster foot then the rash started on his feet to both of his legs then to the arms and elbows and buttocks. He had a very heavy red rash. After numerous blood tests and x-rays his doctor sent him to a dermatologist and he did a biopsy of the elbow and buttocks and the pathologist said he had vasculitis. He is on a oral steroid and he is still miserable. He has missed 3 weeks of work and we are hoping that this goes away and is in no more pain.

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Comment from: jknowles, Published: September 26

I have recently been diagnosed with Vasculitis (I'm not sure which kind yet). It all started out with two random, low-grade fevers, and then tiny red dots started appearing on my legs. Those red dots turned into large, quarter size, red blotches that itched and throbbed. My joints began to swell as well as the bottoms of my feet to the point that I could not walk. I went to urgent care, and was immediately sent to the ER. Both urgent care and ER doctors told me that they thought it was lupus. Four doctors and a dermatologist appointment later, I still didnt have a diagosis until I had a biopsy of one of the lesions, and was diagnosed with vasculitis. I will be seeing my primary care doctor in a few weeks to see what may be causing this.

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