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Collegen Peptides... Bad?

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Hello, everyone--

I am recently diagnosed with limited scleroderma and am trying to figure out the ways to manage symptoms (mostly joint and finger pain as well as Raynauds) and doing a lot of reading. I understand that this is because of an overabundance of collagen in the joints, and that it's not curable, but manageable. I'm doing food elimination testing to see if I can find foods that cause increased inflammation and limit those.


My question is about collagen peptides. I have been using them as a supplement for a year or so, to help with digestion, skin elasticity, etc. I am wondering whether they are actually problematic for me to be using-- I am assuming collagen that you ingest is different from the collagen in your joints, but I'm just not sure if one leads to another, or if I'm just overthinking things. I brought it up with my rheumatologist, but she didn't seem to be familiar with peptides, and told me it was "probably ok." Has anyone else had these kinds of questions? Sorry, I just don't have a place where I can ask these sorts of questions!


Thank you, in advance, for any help you can offer--

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Hi Casey,


Welcome to these forums.


I'm sorry to hear that you've recently been diagnosed with limited scleroderma and I can understand how worried and apprehensive you're feeling.


We do have medical pages on Causes of Scleroderma: Drugs and Medications and Collagen Injections, Face Lifts, and Scleroderma, which you may find helpful and interesting. Collagen injections should be used with caution in people who have had certain connective tissue diseases including scleroderma and I would imagine that the same precautions would apply to taking collagen supplements. However, the best person to advise you about any sort of supplement is a listed scleroderma expert. We do recommend that if possible, our members do consult one, as such a complex disease as scleroderma does require specialist knowledge and expertise, in order to be dealt with correctly.


I've also included a link to our medical page on Raynaud's to give you a little more light reading.


Kind regards,

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