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Wanted to say hello to you all today and just extend my sympathies to you with your condition.
I have an appointment tomorrow with a dermatologist for blood work and evaluation but I wanted to ask you about some of your symptoms that led to your diagnosis, in particular if any of you suffered from any type of skin abnormalities? In addition to the sequelae of other symptoms that accompany RA, I have been having one unusual one for the last few months. I have developed a bunch of microscopic red "flakes" that have appeared superficially on the skin. They are appear to be deep enough to where its sub epithelial but not quite endothelial to where I'd classify it has a type of purpura or petechiae. There are about 10-15 on my right arm, two on my knees and a few on my right knee and left foot. They are barely noticeable but they are there and they have not disappeared. In addition, I have been getting these unusual raised bumps that quickly turn into a pinpoint type of scab. Wondering if anyone with RA had any type of these symptoms leading to their diagnosis or after? Again, I am suffering the sequelae of events, I'm a 31 year old male in the US, but also under a considerable amount of stress in medical school. Ironically, we are just about to approach the block on auto-immune disorders. Any help on your experiences would be appreciated and again wish you all the best.
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