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I was diagnosed with progressive systemic sclerosis 28 years ago after my 2nd traumatic premature birth (diagnosed from babies post mortem and my afterbirth) I have endured the entire gammit of the course of progression, Raynaud's,loss of finger digits(gangrene), toe ulcers, oesophagus and bowel involvements, heart disease, etc, but I have now got to the stage where I have been told that my arteries and blood vessels to my lower and upper limbs are now so obliterated by the scleroderma and don't have any options left, such as angioplasty. Is there anyone out there with similar problems and does anyone know of any help available?

 

I have regular iloprost infusions, but even they cause dvt's; the last was four years ago and I almost lost my arm. In return I can offer lots of practical tips and solutions to everyday difficulties due to my previous long history and survival spirit dealing with this disease.

 

Many thanks,

 

Elizabeth

(Sorry it is so long winded.)

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Hi Elizabeth,

Welcome to the forums! I am so sorry you had to find us here because of sclero but as you can see we area group of welcoming and friendly people. Unfortunately I don't have any first hand knowledge for you but hopefully someone else will. Do you have a sclero expert? If not you need to get an appointment with one.

 

Hugs,

Lisa


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Hi Elizabeth,

 

Welcome my Love,

 

I'm really sorry for the extend this illness has grabbed you. In spite of it, you have a terrific spirit! I don't have any great advice for you at this point, but I did want to welcome you. I'm assuming you do see a sclero expert due to the extensive involvement you have, BUT if you are not, you need too. If you need help finding one, just give a shout.


Warm and gentle hugs,

 

Pamela

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dear Lis thank you for that reply, I don't know what a sclero expert is, I am under a rhuematology specialst and a vascular surgeon both at Liverpool Royal hospital and also Dr Kiely at the pulmonary hypertension unit at sheffields, royal Hallamshire hospital, does any of that count as a sclero expert?thank you elizabeth.

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Hi Elizabeth,

 

I'm going to take a stab at giving you a couple of names based on the information you posted to Lisa. Let me know if I'm way off in regards to your location.

 

England:

Institution: University Hospital Aintree

3rd Floor Clinical Sciences Centre

Longmoor Lane

Liverpool L9 7AL

UK

 

Coordinating Investigator: Anderson, Marina MBChB, MSc, MRCP, PhD

 

Telephone Number: 44 151 529 5888

 

Institution: Leeds University, Academic Unit of Musculoskeletal Disease

Department of Rheumatology

Leeds General Infirmary

Great George Street

Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 3EX

England

 

Coordinating Investigator: Professor Paul Emery, BA, MA, MBChir, MRCP, MD, FRCP

 

Other Local Participants: Cheryl Fernandes, MBChB, MRCP

Naomi Reay, RGN, RSCN, BSc

 

Fax Number: 44 113 39 22896

 

 

 

 

Institution: Rheumatic Diseases Centre

Unversity of Manchester

Eccles Old Road

Hope Hospital

Salford M6 8HD, UK

 

Coordinating Investigator: Herrick, Ariane, Dr.

 

Other Local Participants: Jayson, Malcolm I.V.

 

Telephone Number: 011-44-161-787-4265

Fax Number: 011-44-161-787-4687

 

 

Institution: Royal Free Hospital

Centre for Rheumatology

Rowland Hill Street

London, NW3 2PF

 

Coordinating Investigator: Black, Carol, M.D.

 

Telephone Number: 011 44 0 207 794 0432

Fax Number: 011-44 0 207 435 0143

 

 

 

Institution: Royal National Hospital for

Rheumatic Diseases

Upper Borough Walls

BATH BA1 1RL

ENGLAND

 

Coordinating Investigator: McHugh, Neil, FRACP

 

Other Local Participants: Maddison, Peter, Professor

 

Telephone Number: 011-44-1225-465941

Fax Number: 011-44-1225-421202


Warm and gentle hugs,

 

Pamela

ISN Support Specialist

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Dear Pamela, Thank you so much for all that fantastic ammount of information,now as I have never been reffered to any of those people, if I contact them will it be going over my specialist rhuematologist at the roayal? I would hate to cause any trouble as I have a good relationship with my specialist, which is so important to me and as the disease is so advanced his motto is (as conservative treatment as possible) but I must confess now to feeling like a ticking bomb, if you understand my meaning.

many thanks again for your support in this matter. elizabeth .

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Hi Elizabeth,

 

I'm not sure how your health system works over there, but in my opinion as a patient we need to be our own advocate. It's your right to check out any avenue you want. If your doctor is the kind of person you'd hope he/she is, then they would understand you wanting another opinion. That is common place in medicine.

Let me know how it goes!


Warm and gentle hugs,

 

Pamela

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Thank you for that Pamela, yes, your right I must be proactive and I will let you know how I get on, many thanks and warm wishes.

I will now keep you all in my thoughts, as our faiths are one of the most powerful tools we can call upon when subjected to illness of any sort.

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Hi Elizabeth, I'm a fellow UK resident. It is more difficult here to contact Consultants directly - there are very much rules of etiquette about seeing other doctors patients. I think the first step is for you to ask your rheumatologist if he thinks it might be helpful to refer you to someone who is a specialist in scleroderma. I know that the rheumatologists at the hospital I attend in the N of England have referred patients to the Royal Free for specialist opinion. He may well be happy to do so, but if he is not keen you could say that although you value his opinion you would really like to have a specialist opinion as well.

You could write him a letter if you feel akward bringing up the subject face to face.

 

P.S I actually used to live opposite someone called Elizabeth Harris when I was growing up in Leeds - just wondering if you are her!

 

Lizzie

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Hi Elizabeth, I am also a fellow UK resident and like Lizzie says you would have to approach your consultant to ask if you can get a second opinion. I do believe that The Royal Free in London under Professor Chris Denton or Carol Black are specialists Raynauds & Scleroderma specialists. You could always have a look on theitr site as well.

 

Jensue

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Hello Elizabeth

 

I am under Prof Chris Denton at the Royal Free and he is most excellent as are his staff and the team of sclero nurses that you can ring anyday for advice. Dame Carol Black is aslo here although I have never seen her.

 

I don't know how you're fixed for travelling but I recommend the Royal Free. Regarding a referral there, ring the sclero nurse advise line and ask them if your referral would be accepted. Can give you number and name if you PM me. Alternatively look at the website for the Royal Free.

 

Get an expert on board things are too critical for you to be worring about etiquitte.

 

Amanda


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Dear elizabeth,

 

I wish I could assist in some way...with the situation at hand. Unfortunately, I'm not in a position to, as I live in the states.

 

However, I wanted to let you know that I welcome you to our "very large family", here, on the Scleroderma Forum.

I've always found folks, here, to be so supportive/helpful in such special ways....Whether they have firsthand knowledge, or they have a loved one who is afflicted with what so many of us are.

 

I hope you "feel the love"...because we happen to have alot of BOTH to offer :rolleyes:

 

Special Hugs,

Susie


Special Hugs,

 

Susie Kraft

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I don't have any words of wisdom or advice as I do not know how your country works but I just wanted you to know that I am thinking of you and I am so hoping you get some answers. You have paid the price for this horrible disease and deserve some relief. I will keep you in my thoughts and I so hope you are free of pain and are able to get the help you need.

 

Warm hugs,

 

Peggy

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