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#1 kacklebird

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Posted 12 April 2011 - 12:44 PM

Hi Everyone,

This is going to sound like a silly question, but I'm going to ask it anyway. Has anyone ever had a sudden development of freckles on their body? Mine may not even be related to my disease, but just thought it was strange that I've got all of these small brown freckles on my back, stomach, sides, legs and arms all of a sudden. They're not big and they're scattered. They look just like freckles. Just curious to know if anyone else had something odd like this pop up out of no where. I do see my rheumatologist tomorrow so I'll show her along with the new white things on my fingers.

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Posted 12 April 2011 - 03:54 PM

Hi There

Strangely, I have too in the last few days. I am fair skinned so mine are pink freckley things, more on my arms and legs and on my lower tummy area just were my undies sit, than anywhere else....more like tiny pigmentations really. I'm on steriods only 7mg a day but, my skin on my lower legs has got very sensitive, I awake like I've been in a fight with awful deep black blue bruising on 1 leg, that takes an age to go and is really painful. I have no idea why either :emoticon-dont-know: but I must be doing whatever it is in my sleep!!!. :nervous:

I'm seeing a dermatologist for the first time this Thursday so if he gives me some answers I'll post on this thread to perhaps give you and idea what it could be, but obviously your freckles may be different to mine! But, it's something.

Likewise if your rheumatologist tells you anything post and enlighten us :emoticons-group-hug:

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Posted 12 April 2011 - 04:43 PM

Hi Lynn,

I see you have some sudden freckle type things too. I guess if it wasn't all of a sudden then I wouldn't even question it, but I just think it's odd to develop numerous freckles suddenly. Maybe it's age related, but they don't look like age spots. Anyway, I'll let you know if they're anything exciting to post about. I do see the dermatologist doctor next week about an area on my nose that needs to be checked. I had skin cancer removed last year and I have a new area that kind of resembles what I had before when it was skin cancer. May just look similar though. With these diseases I guess all kinds of strange things may pop up.

Take care :emoticons-line-dance:

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 12:27 PM

Hi All,

That's an interesting question. As it happens, freckles are caused by sun (or tanning bed exposure) and not by scleroderma. Freckles are normal and harmless.

Sometimes, though, in affected areas of skin, scleroderma can cause a sort of salt and pepper appearance, with some of the skin losing its color and surrounding skin becoming a bit deeper. I don't have that so I'm not sure if I'm describing it properly, but I don't recall having heard of it referred to as freckling. Of course, the far more interesting and predominant feature would be the skin thickening and tightening.

Perhaps someone who has the salt and pepper (hypo and hyper pigmentation) can tell us more about their experience.
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Posted 13 April 2011 - 02:51 PM

That's interesting Shelley.

I've got a couple of fair sized white spots on my jaw bone surrounded by darker areas, itched like mad for months and months I might add! I also have a couple of darker spots on the other side of my face which I thought might have been from my younger tanning days but don't know. I have no idea what they really are, could all be old age spots of some sort with my luck...but I have it on my list to ask my specialist in July as I was curious about them...they've been there quite a while too (I ignored them). I'll be curious to see if others have the pigmentation you mentioned specifically so I can try to compare?
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Posted 13 April 2011 - 03:23 PM

I've had "freckles" all over my arms, legs, lower back and lower abdomen since I was born! Everyone told me it was normal. I don't like the way it looks and I don't know what it is. Also in heat my skin tends to break out and its excessively dry so I pratically have to bathe in lotions and oils just to keep it moisturized.

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 03:32 PM

Hello Jussayit

Welcome to the forums, I'm glad you've joined us!
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#8 Amanda Thorpe

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 04:44 PM

Hello Jusayit

Welcome to the forums! I look forwrad to getting to know you better, take care and keep posting!


Hello Ladies

I had hyperpigmentation on my forearms for the first 18 months of scleroderma. I looked like giant freckles and eventually faded.

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#9 kacklebird

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 04:57 PM

Hi Shelley,

I developed the hypopigmentation on my lower legs a couple of years ago. I have numerous spots on my legs where the pigmentation is gone now. Then my lower arms developed hyperpigmentation on the lower portion of my arms. It's not a big area that's hyperpigmented though. It's just a cosmetic thing so I'm not worried about those. I'm not really worried about the freckles, but thought it was kind of strange to develop a good amount of them suddenly. I've had freckles too all of my life. These are just a darker brown. Maybe it's due to me starting mentalpause (menopause) hehehe.

Take care :VeryHappy:

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 05:04 PM

Hi Snowbird,

I have the hypopigmentation on the front of my lower legs where the skin looks all white in spots where it's happened. It's kind of cirucular/speckled looking. I have a few scattered on the back of my leg, but not many at all.

Take care :happy-dance:

#11 Jeannie McClelland

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 05:10 PM

Hi Jusayit,

Welcome to the Forum and the Freckle Club. I've had them as long as I can remember and keep getting more. I'm hoping for the day they all join up and make me look like I have a nice tan. :lol: Well, we can live in hope, eh?
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#12 debonair susie

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 05:11 PM

Well, kacklebird...

When I read your first post, starting this thread, it seemed peculiar to me that you would have so many freckles come on so quickly, too :emoticon-dont-know:

But, until or unless we read otherwise, I'm really glad you're not worried about them!

Besides...you may be ON to something...it MAY well be due to "mentalpause" :P !!!

With your great attitude and humour, you will do JUST fine!
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Posted 14 April 2011 - 01:30 AM

Hi Jusayit,

Welcome to these forums!

I have a pale complexion and don't really have any freckles..... I wish I did; I think they're rather attractive! ;)

Do keep posting and let us get to know you.

Here's a welcoming :emoticons-group-hug:

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#14 kacklebird

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Posted 19 April 2011 - 09:04 PM

Hi Susie,

I saw the dermatologist doctor the other day about my fingers and he said I have calcifications. I did post an update a few min ago. He said my freckles are due to previous sun exposure. I know that definitely causes them, but I thought it was odd for so many to pop up all at once. No biggie though as it's not like they're causing any harm.

As far as mentalpause I just started with the wonderful night hot flashes that wake me up :emoticon-insomnia: . I never thought I'd see the day where I wasn't covered up to my neck with the blanket. I hope this doesn't go on for a long time. My mom started menopause at 40 which is young. I'm 47 so guess I'm at the age for it to start. I just hope I don't start sweating like a piggy. I think I may call the gyn to see what she was recommending for me to take when I saw her last visit. I have APS so I can't take any hormone replacement therapy, but she mentioned something else. My rheumatologist said as long as it didn't have estrogen in it. I thought if it gets bad though I would see if the doctor would prescribe HRT if I sign some type of release stating that I know the risks involved and if something happens that she wouldn't be held liable. Just a thought in case it really starts to get bad. It's just gross to get sweaty. My mom said she only had 1 hot flash ever. My aunt said she never had any. Gees, I hope I get lucky and get them just short term. :temper-tantrum:

Take care

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Posted 19 April 2011 - 09:45 PM

Hmmm, hot flashes~ I've just come off HRT which was prescribed following surgical menopause and oh my. I only get them at night and then sweat, chill, overheat, sweat, chill etc. My mom, who is soon to be 90 and is a retired nurse, says she's had friends who had them until their 80's. How cheering is that?! Fifteen more years of that? One tip she gave me which does seem to work is rubbing a cold damp washcloth or an ice cube on the inside of the forearm when they start. She said she used to take a bowl of ice cubes to bed with her. I can just imagine my dad's reaction to that! My problem with the method is a border collie who just loves to crunch up ice cubes, any time, any where. :lol:

Anyhow, here's to menopause, it is soooo liberating.
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