I am a recently diagnosed, in denial, post menopause 50+yr female. Over the past 6-8 months weight gain of +25lbs, associated onset of Hashimotos and along with other bothersome non life threatening symptoms - my question is about the new hypertension. Is it from the weight gain or a product of the scleroderma? If so - can someone explain the pathophysiology of the hypertension to me? Thank you for your assistance.