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    Tachycardia treatment

    Hi Summer, I can't really say as I don't have a diagnosis of scleroderma, just fibro. I do have a long list of symptoms as well as the R,E and a couple of T in crest and also a positive ANA for years in a nucleolar pattern. Maybe more invasive tests like a cardiac catheterization could tell for sure but I guess the main thing is the symptoms are treated. Hugs, Piper <3
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    Tachycardia treatment

    Hi Summer, I am also on Atenolol for tachcardia and PVC's. It does make my raynauds worse but as I also have wicked migraine with aura it is a balancing act to find something that doesn't make those worse. I rarely have the PVC's now and my pulse stays down in the high 60's. :emoticons-yes: Hugs, Piper
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    Blood Work Results

    Hi Andrea, I just wanted to say that I'm also in the same position you are and have been here for about 10 years. Not easy, my heart goes out to you. I take comfort knowing that my disease can't be very severe or it would have been diagnosed by now. My doctor has it on his radar and monitors it. He has told me I have a grumbling disease and for now we call it fibromyalgia. The funny thing is I have had a positive ANA for the past 10 years (nucleolar pattern for the past few years) but just recently had a negative result for the first time. I did however have my first positive RF. Like the others have said you have a very good doctor. The folks on here have been a great support for me over the years. You are not alone. :emoticon-hug: Hugs, Piper
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    Sclero support group

    Hi Helen, I attend a fibro support group. As I don't have a definite diagnosis I wouldn't feel comfortable attending a scleroderma group yet but I also have fibro so I go there. We meet in a resteraunt for lunch once a month. Mostly it's a day out as no one in the group feels up to doing much more. One member researches and brings in all the latest news on fibro and we all commiserate with each other. I really look forward to it. There are several in the group who are also dealing with more than fibro. Hugs, Piper
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    Trouble Sleeping

    My sleep has improved greatly since starting amytriptylene 10 mg. at night. It sort of makes me numb and I don't have the aching that used to keep me up.I also get into REM sleep and dream more. Some nights it's not enough and I take a NSAID also and this seems to help, for now. For me it was pain that was preventing me from sleeping well. A friend of mine with scleroderma also told me how to place my pillows and wedge properly so night time reflux is not as bad as it used to be.
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    Palms tight and shiny

    Hi Mando, I feel for you hon. Not having a diagnosis is one of the hardest positions to be in and I'm sure many on here have been in the same position at one time or another. I find myself depressed at times also especially when I start thinking it's all in my head. My doctor reassured me that there IS something wrong and called it a grumbling or smoldering disease. My worst problem lately is stamina. :( It's nice to know that you're not the only one in this position. Hugs, Piper
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    Palms tight and shiny

    Hi Mando, Your post caught my eye as I've been having the same tightness and drawing in of my palms for a couple of years now. My G.P told me I should stretch them and I think this has helped them from getting worse. I do not have a diagnosis of scleroderma however I share many symptoms including severe GERD, Raynaud's, arthritis, fatigue and dry eyes and mouth. I have also had a positive ANA for the past 10 years with a nucleolar pattern in the past couple of years, low WBC and higher creatinine. Whatever is causing mine is happening very, very slowly and I'm thankful for that. Hugs, Piper
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    Hi, I have them on my face but also on the tops of my feet. Anyone else have them there? My Dr. told me the ones on my feet were from raynauds? Hugs, Piper
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    Dried out throat

    Hi Vanessa, I also have a very dry mouth from time to time and must drink everytime I wake up as my tongue is stuck to the roof of my mouth. What is worse for me is when my eyeball is stuck to the eyelid and it won't open. :blink: Thankfully this only happens intermittantly. Try taking some water to bed with you. Hugs, Piper
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    Finger issues

    Hi Kaytee, I had one on the last joint of my middle finger. It got quite big and sore. I accidentally whacked it one day and it went down so I'm thinking mine was a cyst as well. I have many nobbies on my last joints from osteoarthritis. Hugs, Piper
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    3rd Different rheumatologist appt.

    Hi All, Just wanted to say I'm in the same boat as I've had symptoms for over 10 years, 2 rheumatalogists and still no definite diagnosis. I've got to the point that I don't go to the Dr. anymore. I figured I can't be too severe or I would have had a diagnosed by now. I just take day by day and try to get on with my life. Sometimes that's all you can do. Best of luck with your appointments. Hugs, Piper
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    How does amitriptyline cause weight gain?

    It causes me to crave sweets and carbs. The pharmacist recommended eating a fruit when I get those cravings ( which are most of the time). :rolleyes: Hugs, Piper
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    Does anyone have....

    Hi Lucy, That is too funny because I thought that I was also picking up some electrical pulses from somewhere. As my husband is an electrician I first thought maybe he was giving off something in bed at night that he'd accumulated during the day. lol That is exactly what it feels like. You are not alone. Hugs, Piper
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    Does anyone have....

    Hi Sam, I know what you mean by electrical impulse feeling. I used to get this in my knee area and it went sort of like this, buzz....buzz.....buzz. I went for physio therapy of my knee because among other things my MRI said I had a torn meniscus, acl tear and chondromalacia. When I told the therapist about the electrical feeling she massaged down the front of my shin. Wow, there were some painful spots there but she said they were knots in the muscle. After several weeks of massage in that spot, I no longer have that feeling. I assume something was pressing on a nerve. I hope you find something to help yours because it is very annoying. Hugs, Piper
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    Amitriptyline: How was it for you?

    Hi, I've been on amytriptylene and also atenolol (for fast heart) for a few years now and the combination of the two has really helped with my migraines. The only time I get one now is when I try to go off of the amytriptylene. I think it also helps my pain levels and I sleep better. I have gained over 20 lbs since I started taking them though. The atenolol causes my raynauds to be worse so I guess you have to weight the pros and cons of any drug you take. For me, not having migraines is worth the weight gain and sluggishness. Take care, Hugs, Piper