She had an upper respiratory infection weeks earlier with some swollen glands, but if this was still a swollen gland it had persisted for too long. It was time to see the doctor.
The doctor examined the area and gave her an antibiotic to clear up her "adenopathy". When the area had not improved after two weeks, he referred her to a surgeon for a skin biopsy.
The surgeon examined the area and questioned my daughter. "Was she positive that she had not burned her neck with a curling iron?", for by now the area looked much like a scar — pale and shiny. The biopsy was performed and the results returned as "nonspecific dermal irritation". We were given a steroid cream to apply to the area and after four weeks there was no improvement. The surgeon referred us to a dermatologist.
Currently, we are seeing our third dermatologist. My daughter is in tenth grade, still busy at school and still swimming with the team. The first dermatologist we saw was forced to retire due to illness, but did establish a diagnosis of morphea. The second dermatologist we saw was so pessimistic that I could not stand to expose my daughter to more than the initial visit with him. The current practitioner has my daughter using Vitamin D cream and ointment on her lesions. The entire right side of her neck and jaw is now involved.
My daughter worries about how many more lesions will appear. But I do not believe that she dwells on it. She has many nonspecific aches and pains which make me wonder if they are related to her Morphea, or are they merely to be expected in an atheletic teenager?
I read many articles on the Internet about possible causes of Localized Scleroderma. No one has ever offered to do any kind of blood tests on my daughter, and when I suggested doing a test for Lyme Disease to my family physician he looked at me as though I was totally deranged. I was also told that I should not believe everything that I read on the Internet.
So, we wait to see if the newest cream or ointment will have any effect. And we wait.
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