One of the symptoms listed for ME/CFS is rashes, but it is a symptom that we don’t hear much about and it was one that I didn’t think too much about until recently. I have chatted on discussion boards with ME/CFS patients the past couple of days trying to find out more about the rashes and I’m surprised at how many people didn’t realize it was even a symptom.
Occasionally over the years I would find myself developing little red splots, sort of like really tiny red freckles, on my skin from time to time but lately I have been having very noticable rash problems. I have Rosacea on my face, which is like having a chronic rash, but these rashes are different than anything I have ever experienced before.
About a month ago, I discovered a very painful and itchy rash on the back side of my left knee. At first, I thought it was another bad varicose vein because I had a similar feeling in my right leg when that large lump appeared but that was due to phlebitis. The rash on my the back of my left leg was very red, large and it was very dry. It hurt and burnt like crazy but after about a week or two it cleared up.
Three days ago, I had this familiar burning on the underside of my upper left arm – the part that I always say is still waving after my hand is finished. It feels and looks exactly like what I had on my leg – a brush burn type rash. It started in one spot and now I have three spots of this mysterious rash.
Either the rash is ME/CFS related or my body is trying to fight something else off (besides all of the chronic illnesses it already has to work on). Now that I’m working I’m around germs all of the time and sick people coming through my line. I am constantly using sanitizer wipes because of all of the germs but that doesn’t help completely. I’m not using any new medications, laundry detergent or anything like that so nothing new as far as what I use has changed. The rash doesn’t look like psoriasis, eczema or shingles.
I was hoping that some of you readers could share if you have rashes due to your ME/CFS, what they look like, where you get them, and what your doctor has said about them.