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  1. I have read many different treatments for digital ulcers on this website and others. Currently I am in the middle of switching Rheumatologist since my current Dr. does not feel he is qualified. I am being transferred to KU Med, one of the best in Kansas. But I will not be seeing him until the 11th of next month. I also broke my ankle and just got over a staph infection where they inserted the plate into my tibia. It left a hole in my ankle so I am seeing a wound treatment facility for that. I asked them how to treat the ulcers and they said to paint them with betadine which helps along with bu
  2. I seen the wound treatment center yesterday for my ankle and they looked at my digital ulcers. They said they are healing nicely and there is no sign of infection. They said I could continue the OTC meds and vitamins as long as there is no negative results. He said if I had just came into him not taking anything he would suggest painting ulcers with betadine and removing an dead or peeling skin. So I took his advice and reduced all the stuff I was doing and now I paint the ulcers with Betadine. I assume it is different for each patient as none of us are the same, so do as I did an
  3. It seems to me that a great amount of information must be gathered. There unfortunately is no single blood test or something similar that says you do or do not have Scleroderma. Blood test along with physical test, pulmonary, arterial etc. But a vast amount of information is gathered then a most possible accurate decision is made. As a very recent person diagnosed with Scleroderma with Raynaud's I do have some sort of knowledge of at least a small portion of what you might be going through. The anxiety I am sure is through the roof and 90% of your thoughts are based around the kno
  4. I broke my ankle end of last year and had to have a plate put in. I got a nasty staph infection that required me to go to the wound treatment facility. I have a hole in my ankle about 6mm long, 5mm wide, and 8mm deep so I will be going to them a very long time as they keep digging and causing scar tissue to build up. I spoke with them on the phone and they said they would be willing to look at my ulcers on Monday then Wednesday I see one of my Rheumatologist and I can give the doctor the thoughts of how to go about treatment. I would like to think the peeling is a good thing. My u
  5. Since I have had the Raynaud's on 4 digit tips my left index finger was really bad. I have been using a variable great amount of everything I could find. Vitamin E gel, silver sulfadiazine, aloe vera, 10mg of Amlodipine, 2 days of Sildenafil 20 mg 1 pill 3 times a day out of pocket. and a non allergenic, no odor moisturizer. I tried measuring the ulcers using a caliper but the pain was more so I gave up on that. What I want to know is what do they look like when they begin to heal? The skin around the ulcer has disconnected or started peeling toward the ulcer and I am wanting t
  6. I developed sores on my fingers which progressed within a 4 to 6 day period. My family physician asked if I had gotten any concrete on me and I actually did have 3rd degree burns from concrete. Pain developed in my fingers so I decided that as it was on my skin we will try a dermatologist. After blood tests he diagnosed me with various conditions which could be fatty calcium deposits or clotting cascade or possibly prothrombin mutation.There is no set of test that clearly define what actually caused the ulcers. My ANA is above 1:80, Jo, you seem very knowledgeable ho
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