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I am new to all this also but from what I understand they are GI trouble, Heart, Lings and Kidney. So far on tnis list I have all but the Kidney. I now have bursitis and I say thats a complications of Scleroderma.MY general practitioner is sending the eport to ny Rhummy so im pretty sure I am correct in calling it a complication of scleroderma.

I will keep watching this thread to see what the others have to ay.






If Life hands you lemons, make lemonade.


Hashimoto's thyroiditis, Limited scleroderma, Dermatomyositis. Diastolic Dysfunction, dysphagia, Fibro, restless leg. Lupus is a maybe.

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I think it's difficult to categorise complications as such but I think the main problems caused by scleroderma are fibrosis, Circualtion and skin changes. If you have Limited involvement CREST, each letter describes a symptom, ie: Calcinosis, Raynauds, Esophageal involvement, Sclerodactily and telagectasia ( little red spots ).

Complications arise when internal organs and skin changes occur, such as kidney involvement, GI motility, liver, lungs and heart problems.

I have upper Gastro problems which affects my swallowing and for this I have an enteral feeding tube. My bowels are also slightly affected but I'm lucky not to have any other involvement, well at least not yet!

I wish you well and I hope I've been some help.


Best wishes

Barbs xxx

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I have GI troubles (GERD and dismotility) and lung fibrosis. So, if I were to encounter complications from the complications, what would those be? I guess I need it spelled out...turkey overkill!


Jennifer ;)

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Turkey and sides - OVERKILL is right! The good part is that we have enough leftovers so we don't have to cook for a few days.

Complications from Scleroderma - The possibilities are numerous. Patty and Barbara have already mentioned several, but here's is list from ISN. We have our possible symptoms from systemic page. These are actually "complications" (problems that arises in addition to or as a result of the initial condition).

For each of these complications you can click on the name and go the page(s) that goes into detail on the possible symptoms or additional complications of each. For example, you mention you have GI troubles. Clicking on gastrointestinal you'll get to the page that lists the possible complications such as
Bowel Dysfunction
Dysmotility Syndrome
Dysphagia (Difficulty Swallowing)
Esophagus (Throat Involvement) Esophagus: Reflux (Heartburn)
Gastroparesis Personal Stories
GAVE (Watermelon Stomach)
Each of these GI complications produces their own symptoms and related problems.

Pulmonary fibrosis is a complication of SSc which carries its own symptoms: Shortness of breath, discomfort and sometimes, pain the chest area.

Raynauds is also a complication of SSc.

I hope this helps. Gotta go check on my turkey stock. I'm cooking down the carcass so I can have lots of good soups this winter.

Big Hugs,

Janey Willis

ISN Support Specialist

(Retired) ISN Assistant Webmaster

(Retired) ISN News Director

(Retired) ISN Technical Writer for Training Manuals

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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Thanks y'all! Janey, that's exactly what I wanted...those links.

Your soups...MMMM. I am making some right now in a huge crock pot.


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