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I was wondering about sclerodactyly activity in the hands.


I have tight skin on the palm side, I can see the skin is stretched when looking at my open hand. I don't see tightness on the backs of my hands and fingers.


Is this sclerodactyly? (I'm not sure if I'm using this word correctly, sorry)


The rheumatologist was pinching the backs of my fingers to see if there was thickening and tightness there.


My fingers swell and get quite painful by morning. In the evening they can also swell especially when I'm exercising or if I'm really warm.


Twice while getting an IV needle inserted the nurse/technician remarked on how hard it was to get the needle through my skin. Is this a sign?


Someone else mentioned that they felt like they were losing their fingerprints. My fingers seem much smoother than they used to be. I have troubles separating papers and holding some objects. I sometimes can't get the scroll function to work on my mouse pad on my laptop.


Just wondering. I tried finding something related to this on the medical site, and there wasn't anything specific about the skin on the palm of the hand and underside of the fingers that I could find.



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Hi Mando, I have always taken sclerodactyly to mean hardening of the skin on the fingers. I have tightening on the back of my hands and fingers, but not on the palm of my hands. However the skin on the palm side of some (but not all my fingers) is hard but not tight. My fingertips are particularly effected; they feel hard, slightly tender and have less sensation, although they are certainly not smoother, but a bit pitted. I do find it hard to separate things like sheets of paper though and the worst thing is trying to open the thin, clear bags that they use in the supermarkets here to put fruit and vegetables in.



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Hi mando,


The link that Pam provided is very thorough and hopefully, you were able to get the answers you were looking for...and THEN some!


Hope you and Everyone are having the best kind of day possible.

Special Hugs,


Susie Kraft

ISN Support Specialist

ISN Chat Host

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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