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I'm fairly newly diagnosed and don't have a very good or supportive rheumatologist. I have noticed a couple of areas around inflamed joints where the skin has lost all its sensation. I can't feel a thing on the skin surface. One area is around the big toe and the one is around a knuckle. It's just the skin around the joint that has gone completely numb. It's permanent - or constant - and has been a problem since before I started treatment so I know it's not medication-induced.
Does anybody else have this and is it a cause for concern? I can see how swelling might compromise a nerve, but the numbness persists after the inflammation has gone. My big toe feels like it's just died.
I'm a woman in my late 30s.
Any advice appreciated. Thank you.
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