Posted 13 December 2006 - 10:06 AM
Posted 13 December 2006 - 12:42 PM
I'm sorry for your embarrassing problem. No, I've never had that happen...not sure EXACTLY where you're talking about either But I have a general idea.
Is it very painful? Does it heal quickly?
I'm glad it hasn't come back for you in awhile - hope it NEVER does!
Posted 13 December 2006 - 01:20 PM
Thanks for the response. The split occurs at the top inner portion of the crack in my bottom. It hurts when it happens because I can feel it tear. It's just about the same feeling as when I bend my fingers and I get a deep split on them. It doesn't hurt as bad as the ones on my fingers though. They do heal pretty fast.
Oh well thanks for the reply.
Posted 13 December 2006 - 01:43 PM
I have never had this problem and I'm certainly sorry you've had to experience it, but glad it seems to be getting better.
I have a question - does the "split" turn into a cyst or boil type lesion? Does it drain, or is it more like a tear that quickly heals?
Hang in there!
Posted 13 December 2006 - 02:52 PM
Thanks for the reply. It's not a pilonidal cyst if that's what you are thinking. It is just a split in the skin. They heal very quickly 2-3 days. They would happen if I bent down to pick something up. I just know I haven't had any since the methotrexate has kicked in.
My friend posted a similar question on another site and several people said they have had this occur. So I felt sure it was connected to the connective tissue thing. Since I met with the sclero specialist I'm just doubting everything going on with me.
The last time I had one I had my doctor culture it to see what it might be. Everything came back negative. I was told it just looked like a split.
Posted 13 December 2006 - 03:10 PM
Posted 13 December 2006 - 03:33 PM
Posted 13 December 2006 - 03:57 PM
Thank you for responding. I'm sorry you both have had this happen to you, but it's nice to know someone else understands. If that makes sense. I will let you know if I find anything out, and please do the same. My rheumatologist felt sure it was related to scleroderma. He said something about the skin getting fryable. I'm sure I'm not spelling that right.
Sclerolady I'm curious, does this happen in the shower? I ask because almost all of mine did. I'm always dropping the soap and when I bend down the split would happen. When this was posted on another site several people also had the splits occur after a shower or bath. Mine also do bleed some at first.
Thank you for the replies.
Posted 14 December 2006 - 02:46 AM
For example, a person with scleroderma could get an attack of Raynaud's. And so could a person who is otherwise completely healthy, and it would not mean they have scleroderma or that the attack was caused by scleroderma.
I have no medical training at all, of course. I can just say that I haven't heard of this issue ever mentioned before (perhaps because people would be a bit reluctant to discuss it). It's possible that it could be a common thing in healthy people, too, and not especially due to scleroderma.
Also, the majority of people with systemic scleroderma have Limited Scleroderma (which means that the skin involvement is limited to the hands and face; but there is no particular limitation on the extent of internal organ involvement), with normal skin density and pliability elsewhere. Some very common medications may also cause thinning of the skin; and this may be due to other conditions such as psoriasis, dermatitis, or fungal infection.
As usual, we should report all symptoms to our doctors. Even something like this. But just use caution and let your doctor decide what to attribute as the cause, in your particular case.
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