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#1 lizzie

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Posted 10 February 2008 - 06:44 AM

Inspired by the sudden arrival of Spring (sunshine, crocuses and daffodils) I've just been carrying out much needed body maintainence -including shaving my legs. I haven't done them for about three weeks, but when I looked at them today although the hair on some parts of my lower leg has grown and looks normal there is one large area which has really short hairgrowth almost like stubble. I have never seen anything like it before. Just My legs have been incredibly itchy recently and just wonder if is due to the sclero/ is a sign that skin is thickening and if anyone else has experienced this!
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Posted 10 February 2008 - 12:50 PM

The backs of both calves have absolutely no growth at all (and the skin feels tight and sort of lacking in feeling). My rheumatologist doesn't think anything of it, though actually sent me for an mri for the feeling part of it. I read some place where the damage to the skin can cause the hair follicles to behave differently. I will try to find it.
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Posted 10 February 2008 - 01:06 PM

It's funny....I have very limited hair growth on my legs for years, but I've just attributed it to the fact that I haven't worn a dress since my wedding in '76. Always wore pants or pant suits and thought it was some sort of a evolution type of thing. Now that I think of it, I really haven't had much under my arms as well, probably having to shave about twice a year if that. Maybe it's all connected, maybe not. Doesn't sway me one way or the other.
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Posted 10 February 2008 - 01:32 PM

Hi

I was told that as we get older, the hair under our armpits does actually stop growing...haven't heard anything about our other body parts though. Also have read that scleroderma apparently can stop the growth of hair as the skin tightens in areas like our fingers and arms. Your question is interesting Lizzie, hope Jefa can dig something up to explain it for us?
Sending good wishes your way!

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Posted 10 February 2008 - 02:44 PM

I was just talking about this the other day. I have no hair growth on my legs. And the hair on my arms is gone too, I use to have a lot of dark hair on my arms now its gone, I thought it was something I had taken to make it gone or a product I have been using. But I believe its going away on its own, I know when we hit a certain age the hair diminishes. I also notice to that I dont have to shave my underarms too. WEll to be honest with you all I'm glad I dont have to shave hardly anymore but what blows my mind how quickly it happens.
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Posted 10 February 2008 - 05:46 PM

Hair is so weird.
My chemo causes my hair to fall out in HALF of my right eyebrow, in my head, and along my bikini line. Now if it would only fall out in my legs too.

I wonder if it has to do with scleroderma itself. Scleroderma is the overproduction of collagen which creates skin when we are injured. Perhaps its affects the development of hair follicles and thus hair growth? Even meds might have some influence.

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#7 lizzie

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Posted 11 February 2008 - 02:45 AM

Peanut , If I hadn't seen a picture of you and therefore know otherwise, from your description I would imagine someone who looked truly odd!

Your remark about wanting the leg hair to fall out got me thinking (all too willing to think about other things when I have work deadlines to meet). There are some aspects of the SSc such as loss of leg hair and increased collagen production that have great commercial potential if you could actually selectively start the mechanism but then switch it off again. Could replace facelifts, botox and waxing!. we should really encourage all the multi million cosmetic giants to invest in Sclero research!

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Posted 11 February 2008 - 05:26 AM

I find it so hard to hold the razor in my hands these days. What I would do to slow down the growth of the hair on my body. Body hair, "What a bummer!" and not to mention so unlady luck! :blink:

(but of course, not to make like of the issue)
Take care and stay warm,

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Posted 11 February 2008 - 05:43 AM

I tell my rhemy I'm a botox factory. He He.

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Posted 11 February 2008 - 08:45 AM

The only weird things with hair related to sclero (or at least I think they are sclero-related) are hair loss (not that bad but still, lot of hair falling out 247) and that on my left leg, on sclero-areas there's no hair growing, at all.. Actually I think that's one of the "good sides" of sclero: I only have to shave 1 and a half legs! ;D
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Posted 11 February 2008 - 11:06 AM

Someone mentioned the backs of the calves. I think it's mostly due to the fact that you've been wearing pants all winter and the fabric rubs against your legs. I've noticed on a lot of men the same thing, my husband included. I know his is just "rubbed off" because of his denims. But on the other hand, the hair that grows on the knuckles is usually fine and soft, on a woman that is, but since having sclero I look like I have cacti growing out of my fingers. I actually have to shave them to not get embarrassed by it. And THAT I believe is from the tight skin on my hands, so I guess it could happen to the legs too. Hmmmmm.........something to think about, anyway.
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#12 lizzie

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Posted 11 February 2008 - 11:49 AM

Hi Vee, your description of cacti growing pretty much describes my weird leg hair -
not a pretty site and if not careful may inadvertantly injure husband during the night!
Lizzie