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Calcifications without skin involvement Update

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#1 kacklebird


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Posted 19 April 2011 - 08:39 PM


I saw the dermatologist who specializes in autoimmune diseases and he said that the things on my fingers are calcifications. I wanted one removed to be confirmed by a lab and he told me no. He said that it could only be done if I was in a clinical trial/research. So now my brain is wondering if my diagnosis will be changed or left as Lupus. Maybe they'll say Overlap/MCTD or SLE with features of Scleroderma which is really the same as Overlap. Then again maybe the rheumatologist won't change the diagnosis at all. I'm curious to see what happens with all of this :emoticon-dont-know: . I'm also getting a uric acid test done too, but the dermatologist doctor said it's very unlikely that it's related to that. So any of you had a calcification removed to confirm the diagnosis? I read where someone has had this done, but am very curious to know if any others have had this done. Also, I've been having these weird twinges/slight discomfort in my fingers on the palm side. Not the whole finger, but spots here and there on my fingers. Can be 2 or so fingers that does it one day and then it may not happen for a few days again, but it's been doing this for a few weeks now. Maybe not even be related though. Thanks for any help.

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#2 enjoytheride


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Posted 20 April 2011 - 09:32 PM

Yes- twice. Once the sample was referred to a doctor who specialized determining the exact composition of this and another to see if it has any bacterial or virus evidence. But this was arranged by the hand surgeon who removed one tumor and "debulked" another.
But all the doctors I saw until I saw the surgeon refused to do anything about it- it must be written in the medical school manual somewhere that you don't do it. In fact the rheumatologist just about had a kitten when I mentioned having it removed- she said SHE was not going to do it and I told her that I wasn't asking her to do it. I didn't realize how lucky I was to have the surgeon I did. And the insurance that did not require a referral.

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Posted 20 April 2011 - 09:59 PM

Apparently it helps to shop around!

Years ago I had terrible trouble with my knee. My regular physician finally gave in to my request to see a specialist. After examining it for five minutes, the specialist asked when I could come in for surgery. That was thirteen years ago, and the knee has been great since surgery.

(As mentioned in the earlier thread), I had painful calcifications in fingers surgically removed by a family practice physician. Though this didn't remove them 100%, they were no longer painful, which was all that mattered...