I apologize if this question's been asked before or if I'm posting in the wrong place. I've read through quite a few forums here, but I still have so many concerns and questions for my mom's health.
She recently received her blood results indicating a positive Antiscleroderma-70 Antibodies (1.7). She also had a high BUN/Creatine ratio, low creatine levels, increased thyroid activity, and low specific gravity.
This just came out of nowhere. For the past 6 months, her complaints about her finger and neck pain have increased quite a bit. She wakes up every morning with her fingers in a curled/claw-like position. However, she does have complete mobility immediately afterwards. She also feels her fingers and toes are extremely cold at times and it seems like the cold is embedded in her bones, at times. But she does not seem to have any discoloration during these "episodes." Her fingers don't go white or blue (thankfully). In addition, they don't become stiff or swollen.
She does not show any changes in her skin. She has these two calloused-feeling bumps on her finger tips which seem like they have some fluid inside it. But the fluid color does not seem white, seems mostly clear.
She has suffered from acid reflux for a while now. But this may have been due to H. Pylori infections. A few months ago, her acid reflux has come back and her test results show no H. Pylori infection.
We've scheduled her for the next available appointment for the rheumatologist. However, these past few days have been a nightmare. I can't stop thinking about this, I can only imagine what it's like for her.
I just want some feedback from others based on your experience with the early stages of this disease. Anyone with sclerodactyly experience the curling fingers at the onset of the symptoms? Do cold fingers/toes count as Raynaud's disease if there's no color change? Does acid reflux occur at an early stage or does that usually come later on? Is her 1.7 antibody count significant enough to be diagnosed, the lab cut off was 0.9. I just can't imagine something like this could happen. She's healthy (for the most part one day) and then this comes along? Does it really get as bad for most people with diffuse scleroderma? Right now, she feels like this disease will be the end of her. I would really love your feedback on your experience when your symptoms all began and how they have progressed so far. When did the skin and finger stiffening take place? I would love any sort of input from anyone.
Thank you for reading through all this. I look forward to hearing from you all.