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Pictures of Skin Tightening on Hands

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I'm wondering if these pictures are what tightening looks like. I mean, I know it's tight, but I don't know if there are other things besides scleroderma that can cause these symptoms (that include raynaud's, swollen hands in the morning, etc.)


Some day I'll get brave & post pics of myself...lol. Oh, I don't know how to put pictures on my post, but I think if you click my name you can see my album.

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Thank you. I got a couple others in there, 4 I think. Is that what tight skin looks like in Scleroderma? I don't know if I should show my doctor since my hands don't look that tight 24/7. It used to be once a week or so I'd notice them a little tight across my nuckles (at the base of my fingers, where they connect to my hand) but over the year it has spread over the wrist & happens daily, much tighter, much more skin.


I feel it on my lower back when I bend over, & my abdominal skin when I sit or lean & in my face too. I don't know what to do, the rheumatologist I saw 2 years ago said my ana was neg, I'd go ask to have it checked again so that maybe things can be slowed down, but if it is negative...then what? Because I am shrinking & if it isn't going to show up in an ANA test... what could cause all this?

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Hi, luv


I have no medical training, but there is definitely something going on that is involving your joints and connective tissue, possibly even inflammatory arthritis. It isn't that easy to tell about the actual hardening of the skin from these pictures, but it is definitely worth having your rheumatologist look at it again, especially if it has been two years since you have seen one. Did they take x-rays at the time? If so, a new set may be able to show changes. A negative ANA does not mean that you don't have a problem, but your doctors should be able to tell something from the clinical symptoms.

Warm wishes,



Carrie Maddoux

(Retired)ISN Sclero Forums Support Specialist

(Retired)ISN Sclero Forums UK Chat Host

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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