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Scleroderma And Achilles Tendon


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#1 summer

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Posted 20 March 2007 - 07:22 PM

Hi Everyone,
I had an ultrasound on my Achilles Tendons today as they have been sore/stiff to walk on especially first thing in the morning and after sitting down.
I managed to get the report before leaving the hospital to give to my rheumatologist and the conclusion on the report said the following:

Findings most likely represent focal fatty change within the Achilles tendon.

Apparently this is exactly symetrical on both Achilles and the Sonographer who performed it wouldn't say much and was a bit closed mouthed about the whole thing. Two radiographers did come in to try and work out what they were seeing during the examination.
Has anyone ever heard of this and/or could it be Scleroderma related?
I don't get to see my rheumatologist for another 3 weeks and is very hard to contact between as they work in a hospital.
Many thanks
Celia

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#2 janey

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Posted 21 March 2007 - 03:19 AM

Celia,
I couldn't find any connection between scleroderma and the Achilles Tendon other than the whole "inflammation" problem. Sclero causes inflammation but that can be caused by so very many other things as well. Hopefully your rheumatologist can explain it and if not, ask for an explanation from an orthopedic.

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Posted 21 March 2007 - 03:59 AM

Hi Celia,

I have never heard of these and I'm so sorry you are having to deal with this extra pain. I know it must be getting a bit discouraging. Keep plugging on with the doctor and hopefully they will come up with a relief plan for you.
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#4 Shelley Ensz

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Posted 21 March 2007 - 04:13 AM

Hi Celia,

I am sorry that you are having tendon problems. Tendonitis is one of the symptoms of scleroderma. See our Systemic Scleroderma Symptom Checklist, which is in a PDF brochure that you can print off and take to your doctor.

Also see our page on Skeletal Involvement regarding this.
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Posted 21 March 2007 - 03:40 PM

Thank you all for replying it is much appreciated! :o
Celia