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Sherrell: Possible Scleroderma

He said my fingers and face showed signs of this disease.

Chrysanthemums by Sherrill Knaggs, ISN Artist I am a forty-seven-year-old woman who was diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome in my right elbow. I was sent to an orthopaedic surgeon for a consultation. When he examined me, he mentioned the possibility that I may have scleroderma. He said my fingers and face showed signs of this disease.

I have visited some websites and found that I have some of the symptoms. I have Irritable Bowel Syndrome and daily heartburn. I also had to have a set of full dentures when I was twenty-nine years old. I am a chronic asthmatic and have stridor.

I have an appointment with my doctor to have further tests done to see if I have scleroderma. I take prednisone when my asthma acts up but, that always weakens my immune system. I take bovine colostrum every day to boost my immune system.

Hopefully, I will have further news after I see the doctor.

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Sherrell
New email address needed 07-18-06 SLE
Old Email Prefix: sherrellm
Story posted 9-22-02

ISN Senior Artist: Sherrill Knaggs
Story Editor: Judith Devlin
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Alternative Therapies
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Difficult Diagnosis
Heartburn
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Prednisone
scleroderma
Skeletal Involvement

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 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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