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#1 Someone_Specials_Mom

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Posted 28 December 2006 - 05:08 PM

Hello everyone! My daughter is 18 and has been diagnosed with Systemic Sclero. She recently asked if she can get a tatoo. I said no way, because I feel she is still to young to make that decision. I am also afraid that it can bring on more symptoms. Does anyone know if it will??

Also, a second question, she is having a problem with her middle finger again. She has had 3 cortisone shots in it. It is hurting her again. She says it feels like the tendons inside are rubbing and pulling. I was making her do strength exercises for them, but now she says that hurts the finger.

Any info would be appreciated!! I love reading everyones postings. Everyone seems to try and keep a positive outlook on life even though so much has been thrown at them. I try and do the same for my daughter. You all deserve big hugs!

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#2 janey

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Posted 28 December 2006 - 06:03 PM

Dear Mom,
I wish I had some advice on the finger pain, but that's something I have never experienced. I'm sure someone will chime in with experience and information that will help. My only advice would be if it hurts to do something, then don't do it.

In reference to the tatoo - I do understand where you daughter is coming from especially in today's time when getting a tattoo is as common as getting your ears' pierce. When I was 18 back in the early 70's, I wanted a tattoo and that desire continued until I turned 45 at which time I did get one. That was 8 years ago, 4 years before the onset of my symptoms. I love my tattoo and want another one; however, I wouldn't dare. I'm on immunosuppresant drugs so the tattooing process, no matter how clean the shop and the tools, is still a chancey process. Maybe she could look at some of the temporary processes like the Henna tattoos. I did find this on the MayoClinic site:

Tattoos and piercings: What to know beforehand

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Posted 28 December 2006 - 06:09 PM

Someone specials mom,
Welcome to our group. We look forward to your questions and hope you jump in with any discussions that are going on. I was just getting ready to sign off for the nite when I saw your message. So sorry, that we keep getting new members with this disease. But, you've come to the right place for support. Sheryl
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#4 Someone_Specials_Mom

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Posted 29 December 2006 - 06:20 AM

Thank you for the link. I will let my daughter read that before we have further discussion on this issue.

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Posted 29 December 2006 - 06:34 AM

Dear Special Mom,

Maybe your daughter could ask her doctor about physical therapy techniques for her finger. My toes on one foot are contracted and I often work with them to keep them bending as well as they can. It does hurt at first but once they get limbered up a little the pain stops and they feel better. However, it is a learned technique that might take PT to assist in. Have a good day, and thank you for caring about your daughter.

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Posted 29 December 2006 - 03:21 PM

I don't have any advice on the finger, but I'll tell you about my tattoos (only 2, both hidden). I was just diagnosed with Diffuse Scleroderma in February 2006 (most likely caused by my pregnancy--son was born July 2005). I got my first tattoo when I was 18 in June 1999. I also must say that when people find out that I have tattoos, they are completely surprised. I guess I don't come off as that type of person. Now a days, all types of people have tattoos, not just the stereotypical inked person.

I recently got a second tattoo in March 2006 (1 month after diagnosis). I'm not sure if it depends on where the tattoo is, but mine is on my left lower back. I don't have any skin involvement in that area. I also had just started an immunosuppressant when I got it, too. I made sure they were licensed by the health department and questioned them like crazy about their practices-sterility, etc. I didn't have any problems, actually had a better experience than the one when I was 18. It healed up great, too.

Ask your daughter what her reasons for getting a tattoo are. I wanted the second one because of my son. He was born in July and is a Cancer, so I got a cartoon-y crab. I also was very unsure about my future w/ sclero since my dr. told me a month earlier that I only had a 40% chance of being alive in 5 years. It was my way of dealing with the situation and not knowing if I'd see my son go to kindergarten. Maybe she has similar feelings/reasons? See if she has any other ideas to work through her feelings.