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#1 Kiwi

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Posted 20 June 2007 - 04:08 PM

Hello
I don't know how else to describe it. I've got very hard skin on my arms now and my forearms seem to have these tight small lumpy blisters down the outside. If I pop one with my fingernail a clear liquid comes out. What is this?
Does anyone else have this or sores that just appear in vunerable places on the arm and take ages to heal?
This disease has some really wierd parts to it!
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Posted 20 June 2007 - 04:24 PM

Hi!

Sorry to hear about this new problem you are having. I know it's not on your fingers but I wonder if it could be ulcers just like a person gets on their fingers. Here is a link for you about ulcers.

Wishing you the best!


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Posted 20 June 2007 - 04:49 PM

Hi Kiwi,
I had something similar. My skin on my arms especially from wrist to elbow is extremely tight and hard. I started to get raised bumps some had fluid some did not. I had been scratching and later little yellow bumps appeared. The top came off of those and now I have infected sores about 18 some the size of a dime. Went to the scleroderma clinic and am now taking antibiotics. So be careful if they change color. They are very deep and are going to take along time to heel.
I also have one on my baby finger. The doctor said its because of the scratching.

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Posted 22 June 2007 - 02:45 PM

Hi Kiwi,

How big are these blisters? I get really tiny ones, and can watch them popping up at times. Certain fingers began to change quickly last year, and there were tiny little blisters, about 1mm or less, on the top of the fingers, but they also ran down the side of my pinkie and onto the side of the hand. There was a tiny amount of fluid that would come out if they were scratched, so I made it a habit to ease the itching by rubbing them with the palm of my hand instead of using my nails. Sometimes they itched, then other times they stung.

Kathygirl,

I'm sorry that you ended up with a nasty infection, and do hope that you heal well, and ASAP at that!

Best wishes to both of you,

Elehos

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Posted 22 June 2007 - 08:48 PM

I have a couple of lesions on my arms, nearer to my elbows. They started out as little bumps, then when I scratched them, the skin came off easily. They don't seem infected, but they don't seem to heal either. I am going to ask the dermatologist to look at them when I get my appointment.
Warm wishes,
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#6 Kiwi

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Posted 24 June 2007 - 02:11 PM

Hi Elehos
The are small tight blisters, my forearm has a ridge of little tiny bumps of fluid. I'm off to the general practitioner today to see about the ulcer on my elbow, which is now in addition to the four on my knuckles and I think Im getting two more on my other elbow - one on the outside and one in the crook of the elbow.
Ulcers are the bain of my existence!!!
Sick and tired! Megan
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Posted 26 June 2007 - 10:24 PM

Hi Kiwi

I also get them, mostly on my torso but they can pop up any where.
What we discovered in getting together with others, was that a new patch or thickening would show up shortly after they went away. Not sure if this helps you any , but it might be something to watch for. They can range from one to a cluster and usually seem to be filled with fluid. Also very itchy.
Yes I agree the disease is very weird lol but I also find it very interesting and confusing at the same time.

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Posted 27 June 2007 - 01:14 AM

I get these too. The skin on my forearms and above my elbows (almost to my shoulder) is very tight and covered in small white hard bumps. They itch like crazy. I often get scabs on my arms and if I scratch them off then I have a big hole that forms an ulcer. They take months to heal and are VERY painful. My rheumatologist recommended a special bandage that I could only find at a specialized pharmacy. If you email me I give you the name of the bandage. They're 4" x 5" and cost around $7 each. I cut the banndage up to the size of each ulcer, so one bandage can last several weeks. I currently have 9 ulcers and have had one for 4 months. My rheumatologist also recommends putting an antiobiotic ointment on the ulcers to speed healing.

Best of luck, these ulcers are one of things that drive me nuts about scleroderma.

April

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Posted 04 July 2007 - 10:25 PM

Bawana - is that a wolf in your photo? I agree - this disease is both interesting and confusing!
April - It's so nice to know someone else has the same ulcer problems - your skin sounds very similar to mine. The worst part about Sclero for me is the ulcers and the tightening of my arms and hands.
I am on yet another track with treatment so I will let you know how it goes!
Megan
Ps. Winter here and VERY cold!
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#10 bawana

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Posted 05 July 2007 - 09:20 AM

Kiwi....lol yes it is a wolf, and no I don't have lupus lol at least not today. For years, off and on, lupus will be positive, lol then it'll go and be gone again for a while.
I love wolves and eagles and have a large collection of both. The wolf also happens to be the test research animal for lupus....lol scleroderma's is a chicken, because of the skin. Last I heard they were also talking about a pig as well, again because of the skin........interesting.

Take Care
Bawana