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New member with Scleroderma Morphea

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#1 Brian



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Posted 15 June 2012 - 05:53 AM

Hello everyone
I appear to have Scleroderma Morphea and realise it was developing a year ago but not having been 80 years old before, and well all my life, thought the changes were just due to age.
I have been on a crash course of Steroids but with little effect. I have now had 11 sessions of PUVA ( psoralen combined with ultraviolet A ) started with 17 seconds and today had 1min 40m sec.
Can't say it is having much effect but remain optimistic. Also using a steroid ointment.
Not many postings mention the discomfort that goes with it because I have to take Ibruprofen and Paracetamol to cope with the pain.
My hospital appear to be a little out of their depth and just trying anything that might help-that's probably unfair but people will know where I'm coming from.
I now have a whole lot more feeling for people with skin problems than I did previously.
Hope to bring good news in good time.

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 01:09 PM

Hi Brian,

Welcome to these forums!

I'm so sorry to hear that you have Morphea Scleroderma and that you're suffering so much pain and discomfort with it.

I can understand that your hospital feels a little out of their depth when dealing with a complex and unusual disease such as Scleroderma which is why we do advise our members to consult a Scleroderma specialist if possible. It should be possible for your general practitioner to refer you to one and I am fortunate to be a patient at The Royal Free Hospital, which is a centre of excellence for the treatment of Scleroderma.

I do hope that the discomfort and pain settle down for you and now that you've joined our community please do continue posting and let us know how you're faring.

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#3 Amanda Thorpe

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 12:53 PM

Hello Brian

I have morphea and bullous morphea (blistering type of the disease) as well as systemic scleroderma. According to literature some morphea can burn itself our after 3-5 years even without treatment. Not my experience I have to say.

I haven't had pain from the morphea so can't help there but perhaps the links included in Jo's post will help you. I have plenty of pain from everything except the regular morphea which is of no help to you, sorry!

Take care and keep posting.
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