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#1 fancyface


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Posted 04 May 2008 - 05:20 PM

hey guys,
It has been a long time since I have talked to you guys! I am sorry for that and I have missed you all. I recently lost my mom to lung cancer. I have obviously had to put my symptoms and feelings aside to be with my mom during this time. It has been very hard........

Just recently I have noticed a change in my hands. I have noticed that from my "mid forearm" down to my hands that I seem to be sclerosing. my hands and mid forearms seem to be "condensing" and "getting hard". Is there anyone else that has experienced this. It is obvious from the mid forearm the difference in my skin and muscle. From the mid forearm and up my skin is still soft. From there down my skin is "hard" to the touch. This is very disturbing and makes this new diagnosis seem more real. I have been somewhat in denial all this time but the visible changes are becoming alarming.


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Posted 04 May 2008 - 05:50 PM

Hi fancyface:

That was my first clue to admit I did have the disease. From mid forearm down to hand, my right arm became condensed. It also became red, swollen and hurt from mid forearm up to elbow. My orthopedist, not knowing I have CREST put my arm in a soft cast for three weeks (not a bright idea thinking back). To no avail.....I went to a rheumatologist who automatically announced that I had CREST. That's how it stayed for a year, until the last couple of months and it's the same on the left side without the redness pain and swelling. My wrists up to mid arm probably measure 1 1/2 inched across, while the rest of my arm is normal. My right arm is hard to turn outward (as if to receive change from a cashier).

I do notice my ankles appearing the same as well. I'm not freaking out over it, because after everything else I been through lately, this is small potatoes as long as it doesn't bother me or interfere to greatly at this point.

It is what it is...........

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Posted 05 May 2008 - 03:30 AM

I'm so sorry to read about your mother. The stress that you have been through may be the cause of your recent symptoms. Stress can do all sorts of nasty things to us, especially since we are already predisposed to just about anything.

Please make a doctor's appointment and have your rheumatologist check out the changes. Maybe once your start shedding some of the stress, things will settle down.

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Posted 05 May 2008 - 03:47 AM

Hi Janey,

I've noticed the same thing. It was brought to my attention at my endoscopy when the nurse tried to insert the IV in my wrist. I don't have an actual diagnosis yet, but it does make this thing rear it's ugly head like nothing else has, at least for me.

I also have been trying to ignore this for about a year and half now. I guess it is time to get busy.

I called the rheumatologist office. I couldn't get an appointment until July 25. I asked if there wasn't some way I could get in earlier for blood tests and a referral to a sclero. specialist. I'm waiting to hear back. HMO's are the biggest pain. They are great if you don't actually have to see anyone. Not so good when you begin having problems and need to see people in a timely manner.

I feel for those of you in managed health care of anykind.


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Posted 05 May 2008 - 01:12 PM

Hi Mel

I'm really sorry to hear about your mother. I can only imagine how difficult that must have been and still is for you. I agree with the others, try to see the doctor and have things looked at soon.
Sending good wishes your way!

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Posted 05 May 2008 - 02:18 PM

Hi Mel ,

I wish to offer my sympathies about your Mom. That has to be so hard and I agree with the others, that stress may be playing a part in your sclero. I will keep you in my thoughts.

Take care, Everyone.

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Posted 05 May 2008 - 03:57 PM

I to am sorry your mother passed away. I hope you can grieve and still keep your disease at bay. We can be a shoulder for you to lean on it needed. Keep us updated on how you are doing and any new developements in your disease. You must have Diffuse if you are sclerosing. We have to get used to every new issue as they develop. Maybe your doctor can put you on something to help soften the skin a bit. I don't know what is used to do this except stem cell transplantation. I hope it stops so you don't have another issue to deal with. We are here for you.
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Posted 05 May 2008 - 06:40 PM


I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. I can only imagine how hard that must be to go through. I agree with Janey about symptoms and stress.

I too have very recently been having some 'weird' symptoms in my forearms and puffier hands than usual. I have a sensation in my mid left forearm like a
numbness or tightness - I really can't tell which - when I move a certain way. Don't know if that's like what you are feeling too? I'll be keeping an eye on mine - you should mention yours to your doctor.

Hang in there kiddo,

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Posted 05 May 2008 - 07:58 PM

Hi, Mel. I am so sorry to hear about your mom, sweetie. It will be rough for awhile, but try not to let it stress you out too much. As for your tightening arms, do mention it to your rheumatologist as you should for any significant changes. Keep us posted.
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Posted 06 May 2008 - 07:50 AM

my arms are solid from elbows to finger tips,my legs are the same,toes etc,its been that way since sept. im on medication for that. he said it will take two years to get back to anywhere normal as it was very aggresive.linda im not worried as my legs are feeling alot better than 6 mts ago..talk to your Doctor just in case. getting splits for arms and hands, not sure if it going to help.try anything once. linda

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Posted 06 May 2008 - 11:07 AM

Hi Mel,

First of all, I am so very sorry to read of your mom passing. My sincere condolences to you.

I agree with Janey, in that the stress you've been under for some time, would have alot of bearing
on your symptoms.

Please, take care and hope that things level out for you.

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