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  1. Hi, I have recently been diagnosed with Scleroderma by a scleroderma specialist. She is re-running all the blood work (initially run by local rheumatologist) to confirm whether it's limited or diffuse. Looking back now, it seems I've had symptoms over the last 2 years but only recently started progressing. I developed Raynauds in October and immediately started getting sores on my fingers that wouldn't heal, which finally sent me to my primary care physician. I want to ask about other symptoms I've been having to find out if this is something any of you may be experiencing. I have intense itching, day and night (keeps me awake at night) that is driving me crazy. Sometimes it itches so bad I want to scratch my skin off! I have also had skin darkening around my abdomen and my upper back and swollen lymph nodes in my neck. To say the least, I am very frightened of the unknown and what to expect will happen to me. I am scheduled for a pulmonary function test and echo. So far the GFR bloodtest for kidney function came back very low, is this common? Does this mean it is diffuse scleroderma? Still waiting on the rest of the tests. Any advice or support you could give would be very much appreciated! Thanks, Jean
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