I'm new here, but lately I have really been feeling bad. My feet from the ankles down look like they were scalded in Hot water & are swelling now pretty bad. They burn like they are on fire & my toes feel like they are going to blow off. Sometimes they turn kind of a purplish black color. Now my hands are swelling & doing a lot of the same things. I have been kind of disorented & confused as well as tired my weight is going up, my eyesite is getting worse & I don't have insurance so I can't go to the Doctor. I was recently carried to the hospital by ambulance, I felt as if I had a cinder block on my chest but they made sure I wasn't dieing (no test) just visual exam told me to see a rhematoligist within 3 days & sent me home. I don't know where to go are what to do, BUT IT IS KICKING MY REAR END. Does anyone have a suggestion, I hate to admit it but i'm scared & nowhere to turn.
if this is auto-immune related two possibilitites come to mind: raynauds or periphrial nueropathy. when your feet swell and turn red are they also hot? If so, you might try putting them in cool water for a few minutes. Be careful, however or it could go the opposite direction and they could get cold and turn white or blue. periphrial nueropathy is usually numbness and pin prick sensations in the extremities. sort of like when your feet fall asleep from sitting too long. I, however, am not aware of swelling associated with this.
The tightness in the chest I have been through that and thought I was having a heart attack. It's name is "costocondroititis" and if you have access to the internet I would look it up at the [link removed]. It is a sudden or gradually inflammation of the tendons and ligaments connecting your sternum to your ribs. It can go all the way around to the back and make you short of breath because the inflammation is squeezing your lungs. The next time this happens try this; take 3-4 ibuprofen, get in a hot shower or use moist heat and stay calm. once the anti-inflammitories start to work you will start feeling better. there is no cure, simply be aware of what to do, however, if you think it is a heart attack by all means head to the emergency room. one quick test, press firmly on your sternum, if it is extremely sore its costocondroititis. Heart attacks hurt on the inside not outside.
good luck, and good day
Your best bet is to go to your local community hospital that has to see everyone and see a rhuematologist.