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Generalized Morphea Vs Eac


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#1 spottedgypsy

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Posted 08 January 2007 - 05:29 AM

Thank you for your site. I'm diagnosed with generalized morphea by one doctor and erethyma annulare centrifugum by another doctor. It's nearly impossible to find a 3rd doctor where I live since I've already exhausted most resources to get to these two well respected dermatologists in my area. I'm trying to compare my spots with others and have trouble finding resemblance to what I have, both doctors admited they have never seen what I have, is there anyone out there I can compare spots with? I know that's a silly question, but I just don't know what to do anymore and feeling like damaged goods is taking its toll on me emotionally..guess I'm just venting, but I'll try to read more on this site..thank you..

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Posted 08 January 2007 - 06:24 AM

Hi and welcome to the forums!

I am glad you found us but sorry it is because of the frustrating situation you have found yourself in.

Here is a link to photos of localized scleroderma (linear and morphea) from our Sclero A to Z website. Maybe something here looks familiar?

Another possibility for you is to see someone who specializes in scleroderma and, thus, would be more familiar with what you have then the two dermatologists you have seen. Here is a link to scleroderma specialists around the country....maybe you can find one close to you.

I hope this helps. Please do keep us posted...and again, welcome!

Warm wishes,
Heidi



#3 spottedgypsy

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Posted 09 January 2007 - 05:58 AM

Thank you for your reply, I'm trying to do as much photo comparison, is it possible for EAC to turn into generalized morphea? I'm wondering if that's what is going on with me cause I see similiarities in both

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Posted 09 January 2007 - 07:18 AM

Hello SpottedG-

Welcome to the sclero forums. I'm really sorry you have Morphea. It truly is frustrating when we feel stuck in the middle. Is there someone within reasonable driving distance you can get a third opinion to help settle all of this in your mind?

Hang in there,
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Posted 09 January 2007 - 02:46 PM

Hi again,

I tried to do a bit of research to answer your question. What I found said that erythema annulare centrifugum is sometimes linked to underlying diseases and conditions including bacterial, fungal, and viral infections, drugs, cancer, food (most often blue cheese or tomatoes), appendicities, liver disease and Grave's disease. I did not find any link between scleroderma and EAC. I did find that when EAC is the result of underlying disease, the EAC resolves once the underlying cause is treated.

I do hope this is helpful.

Warm wishes,
Heidi

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Posted 10 January 2007 - 04:51 AM

Welcome!
I'm so sorry you are here due to your diagnoses, but as you have already found out - it's a great place for support and information. Heidi found some interesting stuff on EAC. I had never heard of it, but that fact that it's a symptom just means you need to determine the cause. Since you have been diagnosed with morphea, have you contacted a rheumatologist, especially since you don't seem pleased with your derms? Morphea is an autoimmune disease which in many cases is treated by a rheumatologist as well. So you might check into seeing a rheumatologist.

I hope you find some answers and get some effective treatment. Please keep us informed.

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