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#1 chelsaroo

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Posted 05 October 2014 - 04:46 PM

I requested copies of my labs for the past year and saw my ANA WAS 1:640 and SCL 70 was 179 back in May. My rheumy never mentioned it and I was diagnosed with nephritis by a nephrologist a month or so later after these labs were done. I have severe psoriasis but that is my only skin issue. Does this mean I could have sine scleroderma? I also have fibrous liver damage (non-alcoholic steatohepatitis) My dermatologist is referring me to a new rheumy but until then, I'm looking for answers. I also have psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, ulcerative colitis, and I'm non insulin dependant diabetic. I'm a 38 yr old female.



#2 Shelley Ensz

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Posted 06 October 2014 - 02:09 PM

Hi Chelsaroo,

 

Welcome to Sclero Forums!  I think its a great idea for you to see a new rheumatologist. At the very least, you should have been given information on any abnormal test results, especially when you have so many autoimmune diseases.

 

The SCL-70 might be due to some of your other autoimmune diseases. It could be a lab mistake. It might be foretelling some scleroderma down the road. But with all you have going on already, it would be great to get it clarified, and also to stay alert, but not nervous-breakdown level of alert of course, for symptoms of scleroderma. If you search our main site, you'll see many of your ailments might already somewhat fall in the realm of scleroderma.  So many autoimmune diseases seem to hang out together.  Even with scleroderma, the most important thing is to treat symptoms as they arise, which it sure sounds like you are already doing.

 

See what your new rheumatologist thinks, and whether they think you should be seen by a scleroderma expert yet.  Also have the test repeated in awhile, as if it was an error, it may disappear on the next test. Your ANA pattern might help them, too.  The huge thing with autoimmune diseases is the symptom pattern, pretty much regardless of what the blood work is (or isn't).  Please keep in touch with how things are going for you (even if they rule scleroderma out at some point).

 

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#3 Amanda Thorpe

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Posted 08 October 2014 - 12:16 PM

Hello Chelsaroo

 

Welcome and Shelley's already mentioned a very important point, diagnosis of scleroderma should be symptom lead. I hope that you don't have scleroderma with all you have going on already, unless if will allow you to pigeonhole an existing symptom. Please let us know what your rheumatologist says.

 

Take care.


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Posted 09 October 2014 - 02:49 AM

Hi Chelsaroo,

 

Welcome to these forums!

 

Shelley and Amanda have given you good advice and help, to which I can't add anything, except to say that I'm glad you've found us and please do let us know how you get on with your rheumatologist's appointment.

 

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