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Maritere: Mother of Daughter with Morphea


Pink Bow by Shelley EnszMy daughter got small white spots in the upper leg, by the thigh, on both sides of her stomach and on the wrists. When we first visited a doctor, he said it was probably fungus, which was later ruled out. Afterwards another one said it might be stress, but we didn't believe it. Our daughter is an extrovert, smart and happy and our family, thank goodness, is free of conflict.

Then another doctor said it was vitiligo, and the mother of a girl who has that illness put us in contact with a dermatologist in Monterrey, Mexico, who confirmed this diagnosis, and prescribed very costly medication that had to be imported from Spain, as well as laser therapy. When our resources, energy and patience finally ran out when we saw no results, we suspended the treatment. Then the largest spot (about 2 by 7 cm in diameter) between the knee and the left foot began to show some color. I thought it was some sort of delayed effect from the medicine, but instead of the skin returning to a regular shade, it first turned reddish and then purplish. It might have been just a regular bruise, but instead of swelling, the skin began to sink, perhaps just millimeters but it was sinking. Now the area has become less dark, and the skin looks bright and her skin has tightened.

I came across this information fortuitously when I was looking for some information on diffuse scleroderma that a friend was diagnosed recently. I feel a bit better knowing that morphea is benign, but I am worried that by not treating my daughter with massages nor moisturizer I might have compromised the health of muscles or bones. Sporadically she complains of pain in her leg. We thought it could be normal, from growing, but she is thirteen now and the spots appeared about five years ago. I don't know what doctor I should go to since the one who treated her before was supposed to be the best and now I can't trust his diagnosis.

Could anyone direct me to a doctor that has treated you successfully and that is in the Northeast region of Mexico? Thanks in advance.

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Story edited 09-17-09 JTD
Story posted 10-19-09 SLE

Story Artist: Shelley Ensz
Story Translator: Alba León
Story Editor: Judith Thompson Devlin
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