unusual, migrating, 'glowing' white spots and patches
Does anyone know of any diseases, conditions or syndromes that might involve what looks like the "white islands" of the dengue fever "white islands in a sea of red" rash, but without the sea of red or the fever?
I've had a whole host of random symptoms building up and worsening over the past couple of years (ranging from arthrologies, the feeling that someone's sticking a voodoo doll of me with pins, fatigue and nausea to dysmenorrhoea and coordination, balance and temperature regulation issues, amongst other things) but still have no diagnosis and have a feeling that this skin peculiarity which I first noticed about 4 years ago might hold the key.
The skin texture and surface remain unchanged, and these small light spots and patches seem almost to glow up from a deeper level of the skin. They are migratory in that they don't always come to the exact same places, and some days I don't have them at all. They seem to be more obvious, glowing like stars in a constellation, when I'm feeling most rotten, and in the places where I'm feeling most aches and pains (my forearms, wrists, fingers/thumbs, legs and knees, predominantly). I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis over 10 years ago and also have a diagnosis of associated arthritis, but haven't had a UC flare up for a long time. I've a feeling this is unrelated, and my latest colonoscopy (last week) confirms that the UC is not active at the moment.
I never used to seem to have these spots on the days that I had medical appointments, but this past year, due to their increased prevalence, I've been able to show them to 4 different medical professionals, all of whom acknowledged that they were definitely there, and were curious, but had not seen them before and could not comment on what they might be. I'm waiting on a dermatologist referral, but it could be some time in coming.
Might it be autoimmune-related? Vascular? Viral or Parasitic? I have travelled quite a lot. I'm a 33 year-old woman and am fed up of reducing my workload and income to accommodate my body's whims! I'm very grateful of any thoughts you have on the issue.
YES! Thank you! I've googled Bier Spots and that looks about right! I'll have to do a bit more research, then, and see if that can help me make sense of some of my other symptoms. Do you know of causes/treatments relating to Bier Spots? Many, many thanks, I've been wondering about this for really quite some time now. :)
You are welcome, but as for treatment it is limited to protecting yourself from the inducing factor, the temperature changes.Personally I feel it is just a physiologic response here and nothing more.
Best wishes and cheers!
I seem to have them throughout the year, so I'm not sure about temperature changes being related.. and also after reading some more interenet pages, I found several references to them usually disappearing from your arm when you raise it above your head. Well, I tried that today and it seems that mine don't disappear under these circumstances. They do become temporarily the same as the skin around it if you apply pressure and make it all blanche, though...
I've got a docs appointment in 3weeks or so, so I'll bring it up then and see what she thinks.
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