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Circadiano: Limited Scleroderma with Raynaud's in One Finger

Italy

Lavendar Pelargonium by Sherrill Knaggs, ISN Artist My mother, who is eighty-five years old, is affected by limited scleroderma and in the winter months she gets Raynaud's Syndrome in a finger. About ten years ago she was diagnosed with lupus.

Her problem is that every so often she suffers from attacks of pruritus and more or less every year she gets a fever of around 38.5 Celsius. The doctor has suggested increasing her dose of Medrol, from 4 to 16 mg, and after a few days the fever goes away and the symptoms disappear for a while.

For years, during these periods of good health the dose of Medrol was always 4 mg, without interruption, with the conviction that this would limit the attacks of pruritus.

My question is if in these periods we can lower the dose of cortisone and only take it when the fever attack presents itself, since some people have told me that for pruritus an antihistaminic is enough and she would not need cortisone.

P.S. Cortisone has caused dark spots that look like hematomas to appear on her. I would appreciate your opinion.

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Circadiano
Email: [email protected]
Story edited 06-26-06 JTD
Story posted 08-21-06 SLE

ISN Senior Artist: Sherrill Knaggs
Story Translator: Alba León
Story Editor: Judith Thompson Devlin
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(Italiano) Circadiano: Sclerodermia Limitata con Modesto Raynaud ad un dito
(Italiano) Sclerodermia Limitada
(Italiano) Fenomeno di Raynaud
(Italiano) Sclerodermia

ISN Artist: Sherrill Knaggs (In Loving Memory)

Sherrill KnaggsSherrill Knaggs, ISN Artist, created the digital photo to illustrate the story on this page. Sherrill lived in New Zealand. Her story was featured in ISN's book, Voices of Scleroderma Volume 2.

ISN Translator and Editor: Alba León

Alba LeonAlba León is the ISN Translator for this page. She is studying international relations in Mexico City.

ISN Story Editor: Judith Thompson Devlin

Photo of JudithJudith Thompson Devlin is the ISN Story Editor for this story. She is also lead editor of the ISN's wonderful Voices of Scleroderma book series!

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