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  1. Hi everyone! I would like to say I am glad this place exists :) It has provided me with much info on something I once knew nothing about) I still have alot to learn though lol.. I am a 27 year old mother of two very active and wonderful girls ages 7 and 3. I was diagnosed with the limited form of scleroderma about 3 weeks ago after a referral to a rheumatologist when blood tests from my Primary came back with a High ANA and positive centromere antibodies. I've had rapidly progressing Raynaud's, numerous gastrointestinal problems, the fantastic chubby finger syndrome :), rapid heart rate, severe pain in joints/muscles, fatigue, just to name a few. I am currently waiting on the results of hand and feet x-rays and a pulmonary function test. My heart echo showed unremarkable except that I have something called a pleural effusion, in my left lung (am wondering if this is due to the sclero?) and am waiting to get into a pulmonologist. I was quite shocked at the diagnosis as my primary thought it was lupus and never mentioned sclero. My rhematologist ran some tests, took my symptoms into account, did a fingernail test of some sort, said this is what you have, handed me a pamphlet and sent me on my way to see her again in 6 weeks. Hopefully next visit will be more productive as the symptoms seem to be worsening. I am scared as to what the future holds, more for my children than for myself, but I am hopeful and also glad that now I at least have an explanation/diagnosis for all the crazy things that have been going on with my body. I look forward to getting to know you guys! Thanks, Lindsey
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