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#1 lizzie

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Posted 11 May 2008 - 12:06 PM

since being diagnosed with probable limited SSc 2 years ago I have had very slowly progressing mild skin thickening/tightening on fingers, forearms, feet and face-----that is until now. in the last two days the skin on my right arm and to a much lesser extent the left , suddenly feels tight and stiff to well above my elbow. I'm completely spooked by the rapidity with which this has happended. has anyone else experienced a sudden change in their skin? I have been feeling extremlely fatigued this week-so assume is some flare. Think I'll wait a few days to guage how things are going , and if gets any worse suppose I will have to ring the rheumatologist (although don't suppose they can do anything about it!). typical that this has happened just as I have applied for a new job, although think my pschyotherapist friend will no doubt say that it is because I have applied or a new job, he could be right!

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Posted 11 May 2008 - 04:49 PM

Hey Lizzie,

Yea, stress can mess with us in so many ways. I have learned that I can be very stressed when I don't even think I am! :blink:

Not to go all "psychotherapist " on you because I am not even close - but just from personal experience - I tend to deny my stress until it rears it's ugly head with rashes, aches, fatigue, tension headaches, and tears out of nowhere and at the most inappropriate times.

If that doesn't make me sound like a mess..... :blink: Really, I'm not! ;)

Anyway, I can have days when my skin feels tighter than other days especially my face and hands but I don't have any experience with rapid skin tightening/thickening. I think if you are spooked then a call to your doctor can't hurt.

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Posted 11 May 2008 - 10:39 PM

Hi Lizzie

I agree with what barefut has said about stress and how it gets to her because I am just the same and after what has happened to me this past year I can definitely say that stress can have massive impact on our health.

As far as the rapid skin tightening I don't know but if you are worried is it possible to ring your consultant or specialist nurse and ask them what they think?

Do take care of yourself

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Posted 12 May 2008 - 06:56 AM

HI Lizzie

Do you think it could be anything to do with the hot weather here in the UK? I don't know whereabouts you are, but I am on the South Coast and since last Thursday it has been horridly muggy and hot. My hands in particular have been swelling up, and I wonder if you are hot and swelling up, it could make any tightness that is occuring feel more pronounced? I have no scientific or medical theory to base that on, just a thought that came to me as we have had such a dramatic turn in the weather. At least, down here we have.

Still shocked the rheumatologist last week with how colds my hands felt despite the heat wave, though ;)

I know it's worrying when stuff come on quickly. My stomach symptoms have come on quite suddenly. It makes you wonder what else is around the corner :o

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Posted 12 May 2008 - 09:46 AM

Hi Liillskuzi, I'm in the North , but has stiil been warm. My legs and feet are swollen and tight , and I think that, probably like your hands,is due to the weather. We are so unused to any warmth that our bodies don't know how to cope :rolleyes: My hands and arms aren't swollen though and is a different sort of tight feeling. anyway at least doesn't seem any worse. I have been very stressed both mentally and phsyically for the last couple of weeks, so think may be the result of that.
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Posted 13 May 2008 - 09:35 AM

Hi Lizzie

I hope it improves soon. I think my heat idea was far fetched, but you never know. It's due to rain here, now, so I'm hoping it will cool down.

Try to relax and not be stressed <_<

Susie
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