Scared and need advice in Sclero Forums (MAIN) Posted September 8, 2015 Hi Tbhof, Welcome to Sclero Forums. I'm sorry you think you may have Morphea and send my best wishes to you. There are several important things to keep in mind. One is, your spots might not be morphea. They could be many other things, including psoriasis, dermatitis or other things. I have systemic scleroderma, and when I developed a discolored patch, my doctor assumed it was morphea, even though it is very rare to have both morphea and systemic together. Eventually I had the plaque biopsied, and it turned out to be deposits as the side effect of medication. I had been on two medications that can cause such spots, both plaquenil and minocycline (an antibiotic), so my plaques are completely harmless and no treatment is necessary for them. I know this sounds horribly trite and may not be helpful at all. But when I encounter worrisome things, I find any helpful phrase that may help reduce my anxiety and just repeat it to myself each time the worry pops up. Things like, "It is what it is." Or, "Don't trouble trouble until trouble troubles you." I even poke fun at myself with things like, "My favorite exercise is jumping....to conclusions!" Morphea comes along with a perfectly normal life expectancy. It does *not* automatically progress to systemic scleroderma and in fact, the overlap is very rare, anywhere from zero to 4 percent of people with morphea also get systemic. Those most at risk have the anticentromere antibody (and even that is not a guarantee, just a risk factor). It is entirely normal for people with morphea to have one or two symptoms outside of the skin plaques, such as heartburn. Heartburn is also extremely common in the general population of entirely healthy people, and it is very easily treated, so it is nothing dire and most of us find it to be very easily managed once we know we have it and observe what makes it worse and what relieves it. Please keep in touch, and let us know how things go with your rheumatology appointment. We care, and hope that you are feeling better, and more comforted, soon.