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Heather: Vitiligo, Hypothyroidism, and now Linear Morphea

I hate that I have it and I don't know anyone who has this stuff.

Peach Flower by Shelley Ensz I was diagnosed with vitiligo when I was ten years old. It is pretty bad, but not in very noticeable places. You only notice it when I am in the sun, which I try my hardest to stay out of or use sunscreen religiously.

I am now twenty-seven years old and I was recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism, then a month later linear morphea. All of these are autoimmune diseases, but none of them are life threatening, or too painful, except the the linear morphea. I hate that I have it and I don't know anyone who has this stuff.

I was hoping some one would know treatments they have used and been successful with for the linear morphea. My legs have been in a lot of pain recently to the point where I want to collapse. But I have to work so I push through it.

I stretch, and walk everyday. I take Ibuprofen when it gets really bad and that helps a little. I don't know what else to do and any advice would be great.

This is a great web site. It has given me a lot of information and helped a lot. All the stories I have read have inspired me! I am not too concerned about the other two conditions since there really is nothing you can do about the vitiligo, and the thyroid is under control. The morphea is what is bugging me.

Thank you for any information!

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Story edited 04-13-08 JTD
Story posted 04-29-08 SLE

Story Artist: Shelley Ensz
Story Editor: Judith Thompson Devlin
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