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Disarray

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Hi. I haven't been diagnosed and I haven't been to a doctor yet, but I ended up on this forum after Googling a symptom. I have health anxiety and recently noticed that I sometimes get some tiny red/brown pinpricks on my cuticles (it's mostly my dominant hand and I must admit, I'm not as gentle as I should be with my hands, especially this one).

 

Could this be a sign of Scleroderma? I don't think I have any other symptoms (my cuticles are a little overgrown, but I tend to bite my nails a lot and I've read that this can cause such a thing). I don't think I have Raynaud's (I live in a very cold climate) and I feel fine otherwise. Could someone shed some light on this? I'm 29 years old and female. 

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Hi Disarray,

 

Welcome to these forums!

 

I'm sorry to hear that you've been experiencing worrying symptoms. Please note that I have no medical training and so therefore it's not possible for me to hazard a guess as to the nature of your illness, or the reason you're experiencing the symptoms you describe. The symptoms you describe could easily relate to any number of health problems and are not particularly typical of scleroderma, which is a complex and rare disease and not something which can be easily diagnosed by putting a few symptoms into a search engine.

 

The best person to advise you is a qualified medical practitioner.

 

Kind regards,


Jo Frowde

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Thank you.

 

So it's possible to have this symptom and not have scleroderma? When I Googled it, it kept pulling it up and bringing me to forums like this.

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Hi Disarray, 

 

The problem with scleroderma is that it's a complex and diverse disease and unfortunately extremely difficult to diagnose correctly. 

 

As previously advised, your best course of action is to consult your doctor for a professional opinion and not rely on putting a few symptoms into a search engine and then frightening yourself, which doesn't help at all, particularly if you have tendancy to suffer with anxiety anyway.

 

Kind regards,

 

 


Jo Frowde

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SD World Webmaster

ISN Sclero Forums Manager

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International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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Thank you for taking the time to reply to me. To put my mind at ease (or not), I'm going to make an appointment with my doctor next month. I'm going on vacation this month and I'm trying not to let anything ruin it. 

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