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Hi everyone,

 

For some reason I am getting more painful ulcers on the end of my fingers.  This all started back in the 80's and when I was first diagnosed with systemic scleroderma in 1987. For some reason I am getting more painful ulcers that take a very long time to heal.  Not sure why all of a sudden they are getting bad.  Been very sick with an infection lost 22 pounds (not from scleroderma).  Any hints?  Any advice?

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Hi Ronald,

 

I'm  very sorry to hear that you're still suffering so badly with Digital Ulcers. Perhaps, because you've been very poorly with a nasty infection, this may have caused them to flare up so badly this time?

 

I'm afraid I don't know of any more recent treatments other than we've listed on our medical page above and consulting a Wound Care Centre.

 

Kind regards,

 

 

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Hi,

It's possible, and am not sleeping well at all, I get 3-3.5 hours sleep every night, I just cannot sleep. In the daytime I have a hard time functioning, due to lack of sleep.

 

The infection and 26 days of IV and oral antibiotics really messed me up.  I think my immune system is not operating at full capacity due my my illness.  That's all I can figure out what's happening.

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Hi Pamela, I just may have to get use to it.  Seeing my scleroderma getting worse is a bit depressing, ulcers are really getting bad, and winter is not even here yet.  I guess I am lucky, this all started back in 1984 and diagnosed in 87, internal organs involved, lungs, GI, tight skin, etc. I cough so much you would think I had lung cancer. But I am still here 32 years after diagnosis.  Maybe its all the junk food I ate over the years.:happy:

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Sweet, I am actually serious.  I use to eat a very poor diet and I think that made the process slow down.  Junk food and fast food was a main part of my diet my entire life.  This last year I have changed, exercising, eating real good and my SD is getting worse.

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