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My bloodwork came back today...

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Hi Kelsie


I'm pleased to hear that you've had the results of your blood tests. :)


I can empathise with you as I felt very much more relieved and positive when I actually found out what I had wrong with me and I felt I had a legitimate reason for having felt so ill.


I have tested positive for the AntiPM/Scl and IgG antibodies and my blood tests showed antibodies with the speckled nucleolar pattern. I have to admit that it gave me a lot of pleasure googleing details and pictures of antibodies such as mine when I was first diagnosed ( I'm probably a bit sad though and need to get out more!! :rolleyes: :lol: ) as I was very keen to find out as much as I could about Scleroderma. I've found that knowledge of this bizarre disease helps me to come to terms with it! ;)


I'm glad you're feeling positive about taking Methotrexate; I'm on Azathioprine and Prednisolone and as soon as I started on my medication I felt much better, so I'm hoping you will have the same result! :VeryHappy:


Do keep us posted!

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Hello Kelsie


I hope you find the methotrexate helpful, I've been on it for about 2 years now I think. It can cause side effects like nausea and fatigue but they can wear off so don't be discouraged if you have any initially. I started methotrexate having developed unbearable side effects on mycophenolate and so far so good!


Take car nd keep posting.

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Hi Kelsie


It does seem to be a rather bizarre situation that people who have many of the recognisable symptoms and to all intents and purposes have Scleroderma, also have their blood tests come back negative. I know this applies to quite a few of our members.


I'm no doctor, but the only thing I can think is that this is another peculiar phenomenon of this very complex disease. :unsure:

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Hi Kelsie,


Yes, finally getting a name for your symptoms, even the name scleroderma, does provide some relief. It also gives you validation.


I have known some people who have all the symptoms but no positive on the blood test. Often they are told it's a connective tissue disorder.


I also hope the methotrexate is the right drug for you. Keep us posted and we'll be thinking of you.



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