Treatment question for Scleroderma/Morphea in Sclero Forums (MAIN) Posted 17 hours ago Hi Anne, Welcome to Sclero Forums! Morphea often subsides, even on its own, within 3 to 5 years. It can recur, but it's not like a chronic illness that is expected to recur. In about 25% of cases, there might be one or two other symptoms along with the morphea. You'd probably like the page on our main site about Conditions Associated with Morphea. Osteoarthritis is caused by overuse and aging and is by far the most common type of arthritis. So you might be questioning whether your arthritis diagnosis is correct. To look into that, see Diagnosing Arthritis by the Arthritis Foundation. If your symptoms fit the inflammatory arthritis profile better, then you should seek a referral to a rheumatologist. If it's deemed to be inflammatory arthritis, then you may want to see a scleroderma expert, but that's highly unlikely without other bothersome symptoms, such as Raynaud's, tight skin, etc. See Diagnosis of Scleroderma. I'm only a patient with no medical training at all, but it's my understanding that follow-up would not be required for morphea that is in remission and without any recurrence or complications, beyond the usual skin surveillance by you, your primary doctor and/or your dermatologist.