Re: please help
Hi, It is a real roller coaster ride..Your skin thickening is a scleroderma symtom, it starts with a terrible rash usually from your ankles to your knees, skin will also thicken around your finger nails, knees,fingers appear swollen and very red and itchy this itch is indistiquishable your skin looks like a snakes and appears very red, this can also happen on your elbows and pain too, your joints knees above knees swell, i have a purplish rash above knees and it is circular, If you have not been dx by a rhumy, you could have some of all , they call it overlap syndromes mctd....it will show in your blood i.e. you have speckled pattern ana and also rnp, sm etc,, the meds they have you on for depression make you gain wait i was 90 lbs and i go up to 150 up and down like a yooyoo, just like this autoommune stuff, a merrygo round of symptoms find a good doc,,,,hope this helps, be your own advocate, good luck
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