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  1. Thank you, Nan. Now that I think about it, the definition of melanophages makes sense - it has to do with melanin. My regular dr felt one of my indurations (indentions) & he seemed to think it went through the muscle. Any chance of that happening, if panniculus is the fat layer? I really appreciate you taking the time to research this. It means a whole lot to me. Margaret, I'm with Barefut. What is your background? Definitely in the health care profession I would almost be willing to bet. Barefut, I'm also with you on how the path report seems to be in a foreign language. I
  2. Thank you so much, Margaret, for all your help!!
  3. Yes ma'am, it helps. Thank you! Doctors know this language but I think it should be standard for them to explain in layman (or laywoman - LOL...) terms. Do you know what the PANNICULUS is? What about MELANOPHAGES? Thanks Margaret.
  4. Just recently, I was able to get a copy of my initial path report from my biopsy. Is there anyone that could possibly help me interpret the findings in the 'English Language'? Much of it is foreign to me. Any help would be appreciated! See below: Microscopic Description: The entire dermis is fibrotic with a superficial and deep perivascular lymphohistiocytic infiltrate. In addition, there is thickening of the fibrous septa in the panniculus with aggregates of plasma cells at the edges. There are melanophages in the papillary dermis.
  5. Thank you Janey. I just don't know where to go for help. I suppose it's going to be a trial and error process, but I know I'll find help one way or another.
  6. Danielle, thank you for your words of encouragement. :D Mine started out witha single lesion on my left butt cheek. I thought it was a bruise that wouldn't go away but noticed that it felt rough; kind of like an actinic keratosis (which I have also had). Being that I have a family history of skin cancer, I rushed in to the dr. By the time I saw the first dermatologist it had grown from roughly the size of a nickel to just over 22mm. Within a few weeks, the second one appeared on my left hip. I now have them on my arms, left breast, legs & across the lumbar spinal region. Don't get
  7. Thanks Snowbird. You're right... What do I have to lose - besides time, money and sanity?!? LOL... :P
  8. Hi all. As you all know, I was diagnosed by deep punch biopsy as having morphea a short while ago. After talking with many of you regarding my options, I asked my primary doctor to refer me on to a specialist, which he did. I had an appt yesterday with a Dermatologist (from Vanderbuilt) . I was left very frustrated and confused to say the least . He spent 5-10 minutes tops in the room with me & told me he suspected that my diagnosis should be anetoderma rather than morphea. He then proceeded to, matter of factly, tell me that there are no treatments for either disease. He said I could tr
  9. Smac, how did you keep your patience and sanity through those two years? Better yet, how did you keep from telling that doctor just exactly what you must have thought of him:angry:? How in the world can you have auto immune thyroid disease but no auto immune disorder:wacko:? Duh, I'm far from a doctor but can put two and two together. Hey, on a good day, I can even give you the correct answer of two and two. LOL... Wow, that had to be a very trying time for you. I'm sorry you had to go through so much to get a diagnosis. Thank goodness you've finally got the doctors you deserved to h
  10. Hi. My name is Angie. I live in Tennessee and have recently been diagnosed with Morphea by a Dermatologist. It was diagnosed by way of punch biopsy. Since the diagnosis I have had NUMEROUS new patches appear including several in my lower spline area. I'm also having a LOT of arthritic pain, as well as stabbing, shooting pains in the areas of new patches. Does anyone else have these type symptoms? Any ideas on treatment that might bring the symptoms under control? Also, I know I need to get in to a doctor, but am unsure whether I need a Rheumatologist or Dermatologist. The Dermatologist
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