I woke up one year ago today with a circular indentation in my upper arm. I was finally diagnosed with deep morphea (or subcutaneous morphea) around mid February 200, after having a biopsy. My dermatologist also said that there was nothing that could be done for it.
I started taking extra vitamin E supplements at night in addition to my morning multivitamin and calcium. At night, I also take vitamin A, C, calcium with zinc and magnesium. I also take flax seed and salmon oil once or twice a day, and I take glucosomine (with chondroitin and msm) three times a day.
So far, I have been very fortunate. The doctor had originally told me that the indented area would never fill back in (without using restylane filler administered by a plastic surgeon) but amazingly, the area is not as deep as it was at first.
I read that vitamin E can help, and I truly believe it has helped me. The disease (indentation) has not spread to other areas yet and I am praying that it never will.
I did, however, start experiencing some joint pain in the spring in my left hand and shoulder. This is what prompted me to start taking glucosomine supplements, which seems to help, somewhat. I maintain a healthy diet (vegetables, protein, and fruit) and work out at the gym.
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