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#21 Catty

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Posted 23 June 2011 - 09:56 AM

Annie...you should always take antibiotics if you have an infection. I just wanted you to know that every time you get an ulcer it is not automatically infected but the skin is open so you have to be so careful to keep it from getting infected (like keeping it covered with a bandaid and keep it very clean).

I have never had a calcium deposit go away on it's own myself. Yes the skin can heal up over it again but the deposit is still there unless you had it removed or it came up so close to the surface that you could actually roll it out yourself. Calcium deposits can cause ulcers and infections also. Good luck hon!

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#22 Annie20

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Posted 23 June 2011 - 07:20 PM

Hi Catty,

You're so right about keeping it clean and being on antibiotics. Unfortunately, yes I have new skin developing where the calcinosis is, but I see one developing again. :crying:

Thank you for responding. :thank-you:

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Posted 03 July 2011 - 07:41 PM

Annie,

I just wanted to add my two cents in.
I recently had surgery on my right hand to remove extensive and huge calcinosis from 4 fingers, on top of it I had the nerve sympathectomy. It was worth going under for me, because it was a 5 hour surgery. Even then, the doctor was not able to remove all the calcinosis but the pain has eased quite a bit.

September I will do my left hand.

Now I have one on my foot that has returned. Initially I had this done at the doctors office, lidocaine injection and she just cut away at the area.

If it's just one, and it's not on an area where it can damage the motion of your hand then just get it done at the doctors office. If it's extensive, big, or can damage nerves or tendons, please just have the surgery and the occupational therapy after.

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Posted 04 July 2011 - 07:56 PM

Hi Omaeva,

Thank you for your response.

I asked the hand surgeon if I could do the surgery route and he felt it would be a waste of money and time because the calcinosis would return. He was very against it and recommended doing botox in each hands to increase blood flow. I need to see if I'd be eligible for botox and will know tomorrow when I see the hand surgeon to discuss the vascular study which took a little more than an hour. I had the study done a couple weeks ago. I also would like to discuss this with my rheumatologist. whom I will be seeing Thursday, (yearly routine checkup) of this week to get her input. And my husband has questions for the hand surgeon about going the botox way.

Wow! You sure had your fair share of calcinosis. I cannot imagine if I had more than one. This is the first one I've experience since I was diagnosed which was in 1998. Why do I have problems with them now? hmmmm? I've had ulcers on most of the knuckles on both hands, and one is giving me grief which is the same finger that has the calcinosis on.

I will keep you posted as to what the hand surgeon and my rheumatologist. say. Take care

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Posted 05 July 2011 - 01:10 AM

Hi Annie,

I shall be thinking of you today and Thursday and hope you get a good result from your hand surgeon and rheumatologist.

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#26 Annie20

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Posted 05 July 2011 - 04:27 PM

Hi Jo,

Thank you very much for thinking of me. :thank-you:

Annie
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