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  1. Raynauds often seems to be associated with temperature changes rather than just cold temperatures. I've had it in the summer when a cloud passes in front of the sun for a few minutes and of course walking into an air conditioned shop or cafe when it's 25 or 30 degrees outdoors.
  2. My understanding was that the NIH finally concluded that the case mentioned was unrelated to the vaccine and the trials have resumed. Hopefully, it will not be too long before we get a vaccine, though studies seriously question how long a vaccine wil providel immunity for. In the mean time, everybody stay safe, avoid close contact as much as possible, follow the two metre rule and maintain appropriate personal hygiene.
  3. Hi Aimee. Whilst I do not know too much about Morphea, I would urge you to continue to exercise as much as possible. If one side differs, there are many exercises that will only impact of one side giving you the balance you want Please also consider that symptoms are often caused by the side effects of any medication rather than the underlying disease itself. You might also like to familiarise yourself with the sections of this website relating to morphea. Regards, Dimarzio.
  4. That's odd. Not necessarily the outcome you would have expected. Though the protection Nicotine seems to provide against COVID infection is equally strange.
  5. Thanks Kevin, I'm glad that the progression has slowed down for you. I've also found that increasing physical activity has helped with the painful stiffness, but any longer than 24/48 hours without exercise is enough to bring it all back, so I have to do a long walk, cycle or some gardening every day. I hope that you will be able to find an effective treatment for the Telangiectasia and remain otherwise healthy.
  6. Hi Kevin. As you have been diagnosed for such a long time, I would be interested to know how Sclero/CREST have progressed for you. I was diagnosed in 2015, but like most, have had symptoms for many years, if not for life.
  7. This is a 'Must Read' for any Ssc sufferer, though maybe a bit out of date with regard to Cloriquine bearing in mind what we now know about cardiovascular risks. Dexamethasone maybe a more beneficial treatment for any Ssc patients suffering from respiratory distress after contracting covid-19 though undoubtably as the pandemic progresses, alternative treatments may become apparent.
  8. These are serious observations Jo, especially for those of us with circulatory issues. If I end up in hospital with coronavirus, I think I will be asking for anticoagulants whilst I am still in a fit state to do so.
  9. Rub them with bacon fat and bury it in the garden, my Granny used to say. Strangely, it sermed to work
  10. Hi Ronald, Sorry that you are still having so much pain and problems. I guess that you may get to the point that you feel that the finger is worth less than the pain. I hope you don't, but people live quite happily with a lot less than 10 fingers. Medical grade Manuka Honey might be worth a try if nothing else is working. Good luck, whichever way things go.
  11. In the UK, the health service are about to issue 1.5m letters to those they consider at risk. I wonder how many of us will receive one? Not expecting one as my general practitioner and rheumatologist seem to think SSc is just a minor inconvenience.
  12. These feelings of cobwebs and something crawling on your skin can be a symptom of Fibromyalgia, I believe. I get these feelings sometimes, especially as I am about to fall asleep. To me it does actually feel like a fly has landed on my face, though sometimes it might really be a small insect.
  13. Good Morning Jo, It could be that being on immuno-suppression may help. Some of the most serious symptoms of COVID-19 result from an immune system that is on the rampage rather than a lethargic one. Chinese scientists found an extreme immune system response called Cytokine Storm, a flood of immune cells and biochemicals they produce tears through lung tissue. Let's all hope that this outbreak can be controlled and that our Governments are strong enough to take the necessary containment actions swiftly.
  14. How much higher is our risk from this pandemic? In the UK there have been 4 deaths reported and all seem to be in their 60s, 70s and 80s. It seems that those with underlying health conditions or compromised immune systems are at significantly greater risk than the 3.4% average so far. The virus attacks the lungs, so anyone with a lung condition needs to be extra careful as should anyone taking immunosuppressants. Is there a case for stopping or reducing these, perhaps? Keep safe everyone and look after yourselves.
  15. Hi Carol. I've struggled with Raynauds for a few years and found knitted gloves of little help. You can get rechargeable battery oorated heated gloves which are very good, though I use thermal lined leather gloves which I got from a supermarket. For me, the key is to not let my hands get cold before putting the gloves on in winter. As soon as I go outdoors, the gloves go on or my hands go into my pockets. Another thing I've found is that it is important to keep your whole body warm. I found that if I can keep my head and neck warm by wearing a thermal hat and snood,
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