Jump to content

Hang onto your hat: Sclero Forums Upgrade May 14-21, 2017!! The Forums will be offline for up to 4 days, and then will return with an entirely new look and feel.


A word of warning to those with tight skin

  • Please log in to reply
6 replies to this topic

#1 amberjolie


    Silver Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 197 posts
  • Location:Ontario, Canada

Posted 02 October 2012 - 02:33 PM

I figured I should pass along something I discovered, in case anyone else has this situation.

I was getting TB tests done so that I can start Remicade. For the first test (they do two), she picked out a spot on my forearm that had hardened skin. I had mentioned that it was a spot where the skin had hardened, but I guess she felt it wouldn't affect the results so she still used the spot.

It was INCREDIBLY painful! After the shot, even when she drew a circle around the spot in pen to be able to see it later, it hurt like anything! And it was still somewhat painful for longer than I would have expected for a shot like that.

So yesterday when I got the second shot, I asked her to pick a spot that wasn't hard. I still have a little bit of soft skin left on my forearms, close to my elbows. This time, the needle was no big deal at all. A little scratch and that was about it.

So just a word of warning - if anyone has to do a TB skin test, or any other type of needle, do your best to get it done in a spot that hasn't hardened.

#2 Joelf


    Star Ruby Member

  • ISN Root Admin
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 4,896 posts
  • Location:West Sussex

Posted 03 October 2012 - 12:04 AM

Thanks so much for that info, Amberjolie. I'm sure quite a few of our members will be affected, like you, when they have blood tests or cannulas inserted.

Thankfully, I don't have much skin involvement, so haven't actually experienced this problem, although I've had many different nurses taking blood, some good and some not so good! ;) These days I have blood test at my general practitioners every six weeks as I'm taking Azathioprine; I usually see the same nurse and we've become quite chummy now! We always have exactly the same conversation thus:

Nurse: "Is this for Methotrexate?"
Me: "No, Azathioprine."
Nurse: "Just a small scratch", as she inserts the needle.
Me: "It's hardly a new experience for me, haha!"

We're rather like a vaudeville cross talk act!! ;) :lol:
Jo Frowde
ISN Assistant Webmaster
SD World Webmaster
ISN Sclero Forums Manager
ISN News Manager
ISN Hotline Support Specialist
ISN Chat Host
International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

#3 Sweet


    Platinum Member

  • ISN Support Specialists
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 2,895 posts

Posted 03 October 2012 - 05:07 PM

Not to mention the pain, but the absorption of the medication is affected as well. She should have known better!
Warm and gentle hugs,

ISN Support Specialist
International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

#4 amberjolie


    Silver Member

  • Topic Starter
  • Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 197 posts
  • Location:Ontario, Canada

Posted 03 October 2012 - 06:14 PM

Yes, Sweet, the first test showed a reading of 3 mm, which I think is a false reading (although it's still considered negative; under 5mm is negative). The second test was 0 mm.

#5 miocean


    Senior Gold Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 920 posts
  • Location:NJ

Posted 04 October 2012 - 06:10 AM

I had a phlebotomist tell me once I was like trying to get a needle into a watermelon! :rolleyes: Of course, she missed and had to call in someone else. We all have stories to tell about how many times we have been stuck.

I never thought how hardened skin would cause some issues with tests that are done closer to the surface like the TB test or allergy testing. Thanks for the heads up!

ISN Artist

#6 Amanda Thorpe

Amanda Thorpe

    Platinum Plus Member

  • ISN Senior Support Specialist
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 2,925 posts
  • Location:U.K.

Posted 07 October 2012 - 08:21 AM

When I had tight skin most everywhere no way was anyone ever sticking a needle in it, ever! Good grief!

Take care.
Amanda Thorpe
ISN Sclero Forums Senior Support Specialist
ISN Video Presentations Manager
ISN Blogger

(Retired) ISN Sclero Forums Assistant Manager

(Retired) ISN Email Support Specialist
International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

#7 debonair susie

debonair susie

    Platinum Member

  • ISN Support Specialists
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,624 posts
  • Location:(United States)

Posted 19 October 2012 - 03:31 PM

When my skin (first) hardened, I hadn't yet been diagnosed with Scleroderma, so when the nurse giving me my flu shot said to me that my skin was just like an elephant's, I took offense . Had I known, I could have come back with something clever...I don't know WHAT :emoticon-dont-know: , but it would have been something ^_^ !
Special Hugs,

Susie Kraft
ISN Support Specialist
ISN Chat Host
International Scleroderma Network (ISN)