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Clinical utility of hypo– and hyperpigmentation of skin in diffuse cutaneous systemic sclerosis (dcSSc). Our study demonstrates strong association of "salt and pepper" skin with dcSSc (69%), increased risk of pruritus and contractures. PubMed, Int J rheumatologist Dis, 03/06/2017. (Also see Hyperpigmentation and Hypopigmentation) This item was posted in the ISN Newsroom. Please check the newsroom daily for updates on scleroderma and other related articles.
kdisib posted a topic in Sclero Forums (MAIN)Hi! My name is Kristyn and I have recently been diagnosed with Morphea. Initially, the giant bruise like marks on my side were diagnosed as hyperpigmentation. It wasn't until recently, when another bruise like mark developed and stayed, that I went to another dermatologist and consequently received the diagnosis. My dermatologist is good, but he is busier than any doctor I have ever seen - I felt like my questions and possible pertaining symptoms were pushed aside because there was almost nowhere to sit outside in the waiting room that day. I was wondering if somebody more experienced can answer my questions I have about Morphea and my strange symptoms that I believe may be related. For three years I have itched at night, randomly. No rash, no bumps, no visible evidence of itching, but it would truly keep me up all night. It happened after I got super sick with bronchitis and never went away. My general practitioner performed so many tests (CT scans, blood work, etc.) and found nothing. They chalked it up as stress... But the only thing that was stressing me out is that I couldn't sleep because of the itching! Ever since then I have learned to live with it, even though it still happens occasionally. My Morphea is present on my upper left rib cage. I have a "burnt out" lesion (?) and an active one - both are very large. Sometimes I get pain right in the active spot. It is especially noticeable on some days (like right now). It aches, and I notice that that area of my ribcage is thicker/more swollen than the other side... Not by a insanely noticeable amount, but it's evident. Additionally, last year I started having pain in my left leg (the side where my Morphea is present). My general practitioner said it was sciatic nerve pain and ordered a plethora of tests - all coming up to show nothing, again. I'm almost embarrassed at this point to go back to my general practitioner because I am afraid that I look like I am making stuff up, haha. I wish I was! Has anyone else experienced these symptoms? Given your knowledge of this condition, do you think they could be related to Morphea? My dermatologist somewhat dismissed my questions and said it just effects the skin, that's all. I remarked about pain and he said "no, there is no pain with this" before sending me off with a prescription for steroid cream. I can't help but feel like he might be wrong, though. I am in my early 20s and I am college student. I am in some sort of discomfort almost everyday and it is kind of depressing me - I feel like I am in my late 70s some days! This should be the prime of my life and I am trying to get answers so I can get back to normal. Sorry for the novel! Thank you for any help in advance! I truly appreciate it.