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Kathy D

Where did your skin thickening start?

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Mine was my face and hands. Interesting, someone mentioned skin not tanning in the sun on her child. My skin on my face is really tight and during the summer, it just doesn't tan. The rest of my body will be brown and my face is pale. I use a self tanner on my face in the summer to help even out the difference.



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I haven't been diagnosed with scleroderma. My rheumatologist classified it as undifferentiated connective tissue disease (UCTD) right now but lab and physical look like sclero (some things lean to lupus also, could this be overlap?).


I have the red spots on face, chest, arms and now they are starting to show up on my belly. I have skin thickening right below my right eye and at the corner (next to tear duct). I have had many other symptoms for years (joint pain, fatigue, unexplained weight loss, gynecological issues (premature ovarian failure, early menopause, etc.). When I had surgery (4 times) all of my scars became extremely fibrous. Any time I get even a small cut it takes forever to heal and then becomes thickened. I'm not hoping for sclero but it would be nice to know what I'm dealing with. I'm new to this website and am finding it extremely helpful. At least now I know I'm not the only one that has been searching for years for a explanation as to what's been going on (other than hearing we can't find anything physically wrong, must be in your head).


Thanks guys! :rolleyes:

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