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  1. Shelley, I am so very sorry for the loss of Gene… May you be wrapped in the warmth of the many wonderful memories Marsha
  2. Hello Everyone :D So far nothing on the gloves! Hopefully I will hear soon, as it would be amazing to know stuff like that to keep us warm can be covered or a percentage can be covered for us who suffer so. I will keep you all posted when I get more information Marsha :emoticon-hug: :emoticon-hug: :emoticon-hug:
  3. Hello Everyone!! I hope this winter is finding everyone healthy and warm. I have a question for you all, my Raynaud's has been insane this year, even with my mitts and hand warmers I'm having attacks. I found these gloves in an outdoor store and they are 200$. I called the insurance company to see if they can help with a portion or all and they need a procedure code in order to do that. Has anyone had any dealings with this? Is this procedure code something that is easily attainable? I go see the rheumatologist on Monday but would like to have all my ducks in a row so he can prescribe the
  4. Joelf, I actually talked to him last week and he said to give the plaquenil 2 weeks to see if it does improve my Raynaud's and if it doesn't he knows of a specialist in Worchester, MA who specializes in Raynaud's. I think I should have him refer me, just because it could take months to get into this Dr. I am keeping my hopes up on the plaquenil and will give it the full year he wants me to. Thanks for all the kind words… Marsha
  5. Well it's been a couple of weeks, and I am right back where I started from.. :( my Raynaud's is so bad that even with hand warmers and mitts on, my hands are hurting and blue. I live in northern Maine and winter hasn't even officially started!! What am I going to do for another 5 months… I actually have to bump up to two pills starting Thursday. I hope it will help. I know my Dr. said it takes months to really feel the effects of the medicine.. I will keep trying. Keep you all posted Marsha
  6. After much procrastination I have started the plaquenil and so far so good, no side effects and actually the joint pain and inflammation in my right hand is a bit better :) I am hoping it will keep getting better and better. I will keep everyone abreast of my progress :) Warm warm hugs Marsha
  7. Sweet I have not started it yet I am planning on starting on Sunday… I have to admit I have been really nervous about it. I will let you know as I get started. Thanks Marsha
  8. Miocean, I totally get your post!! I think we are all tired, and what is worse in my case anyways.. I "LOOK" healthy. so people don't always understand that there is anything wrong with me. People just don't get it. My closest friend the same one who's Mom has been harping on me, has been seeing a gastro and she said she mentioned my issues to him yesterday and he most times sclero patients have SIBO she should be tested for that. Then you have the sclero specialist I saw in Boston who looked at me and said, your scleroderma is going to go away and you will be all better… Then the next
  9. Amanda, Jo and Eve... This is what I was thinking.. although I do have some gastro issues I have done a "sort" of elimination diet. and there is no rhyme or reason to my bouts of "Gotta Go's".. I never have pain or discomfort. My gut really tells me that I do not have celiac. I think what I do have is some issues due to my disease, and now with the addition of the Sjogrens and what I am reading about that it all makes sense. This is what she said to me: "Please speak to your Sclero doctor about being tested for celiac and his thoughts about a gluten free diet. Apparently its huge in the way p
  10. Thank you all, I was just concerned that this woman keeps pushing to me that I "MUST" be celiac and therefore if I go gluten free all my issues will go away.. The scleroderma and Sjogren's will disappear and I will be a healthy "young" woman again.. I just feel like that is all poppycock.. but maybe I'm wrong.. I am a lot.. Marsha
  11. Hello all another day another question, My friend's Mom has celiac disease and was at a seminar. Whom ever spoke at this seminar suggested that there were studies that show that celiac is the cause of the diseases and many of the symptoms of scleroderma and Sjorgren's. Does anyone know if this is true? She is pleading with me to get tested, and to go on a gluten free diet. I just had a bunch of lab work done and I am going to call the doctor tomorrow and see if it is too late to have celiac test ordered just to rule it out. I guess I am very confused about this. Does anyone have any inform
  12. Thanks everyone, Its so nice to be able to have questions and get such great feedback… Thanks
  13. My joint pain and muscle aching is mostly contained to my lower body. Thighs, hips, ankles. I would call it real stiff and achy like a tooth ache.
  14. Does anyone have any experience with Plaquenil? I have an eye appt. on Tuesday to check my retinas and then if all is ok I am supposed to start it. I have to tell you I am a bit nervous I hate starting any new medications. Just wondering what the consensus of this drug is amongst users. Thank you
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