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#1 Patty Arche-Hueck

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Posted 27 September 2010 - 07:44 AM

I have red patches on my face. My husband said I am stressed out. I have to wait until the 25th to see my doctor. Yesterday I saw pictures from Sandra with the same thing on her eye lids. Is this part of scleroderma? Anyone else have this? What do you use for it? I need help, it depresses me.

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#2 Shelley Ensz

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Posted 27 September 2010 - 02:31 PM

Hi Patty,

Please keep in mind that I'm not a doctor, and I have no medical training at all. As I understand it, the red patches on your face are most likely not related to systemic scleroderma. I'm not sure what pictures you are referring to from Sandra, but they are most likely psoriasis or dermatomyositis when there is swelling, redness/scaling around both eyes. Or for that matter, any number of other things (than scleroderma). Skin rashes can occur even just from stress, or from a condition called rosacea which also can get worse with stress.

I have had fiery red, scaling patches around both eyes, which were caused by psoriasis. It gradually went away on it's own, without any treatment at all. I also get psoriasis elsewhere but on the face, you can't hide it as easily. So whenever there is something not quite right about my face, I make sure my smile is extra big so that people know I am not self-conscious or upset about it. Of course, at the point when you're worried and don't know what is causing it, the smiles are a bit harder to come by!

Anyway, since there are so many other possibilities than scleroderma, I think it would be a great idea to see your primary care doctor. In the first place, that can calm your worries. In the second, likely as not they'll be able to figure out what is causing it. Plus, there is no sense in saving any symptoms for the rheumatologist. They are a zillion times happier if we get our symptoms evaluated right away by our primary care doctors, and get all the basic, usual causes of symptoms either treated or ruled out.
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#3 Patty Arche-Hueck

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 12:27 AM

Thank you! I will keep that in mind.

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Patty

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 02:52 AM

Hello Patty

Anything on my face and I'd be at the doctor's like a whippet trust me! Let us know how you get on.

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 02:18 AM

Amanda, you got me going here. I did not know what a "whippet" is, so I could not figure out what you meant by "Anything on my face and I'd be at the doctor's like a whippet."

So I looked it up on Wikepedia, where it says, "Whippets are generally quiet and gentle dogs, and may be content to spend much of the day resting."

This is a surprisingly startlingly good description of...me, especially the last part. But I take it that whippets must really fly into action when trouble is afoot, or else you would be meandering into the doctor's office, whenever, and possibly cat napping on the exam table.

Ah, indeed, it goes on to say, "...make no mistake, when in pursuit of any game such as a rabbit the whippet will demonstrate the heart of a lion."

So, Patty, I think Amanda is saying you should go catch that rabbit, right now! :emoticons-yes:
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#6 Amanda Thorpe

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 08:16 AM

Shelley you're hilarious! Yep most of my day I am the resting whippet too!
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#7 Patty Arche-Hueck

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Posted 30 September 2010 - 08:01 AM

Thank You ladies,now I do not have insurance so I will see my rheumatologist asap and I will let you guys know (is a long story).Hugs Patty

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Posted 30 September 2010 - 09:35 AM

Hi Patty

Good idea not to stress too much over it...it can be so many things yet very controllable.

Good luck with your appointment and be sure to let us know what the doctor says.
Sending good wishes your way!