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Old 01-02-2012, 06:09 PM   #1
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scleroderma

I have MCTD. How will scleroderma present itself? Is it a skin issue? I have some brown discoloration on my back and my skin is shedding there, and has done so as well on my legs and feet. My ankles are cracked and dry. I also have two blood spots on my back, one near my spine, and it looks kind of white and swollen around it about the size of your fist. Psloriasis runs in my family, but this doesn't look like that. Don't know why my skin is so dry though.

 
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Re: scleroderma

Scleroderma does not always have any skin involvement and is very individualistic when it does. I have pink dots on my face, neck and chest, for instance. Do you know what type of scleroderma is in your mix? Raynaud's is also very common in CREST as is sicca or secondary Sjogren's, which can cause dry skin. Vitiligo and some discolourations can occur, but the discolourations are usually after the skin hardens or softens. Esophogeal issues are also a major component of my form.

 
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Re: scleroderma

I've never been told I had hardening on my skin or noticed it. Now my mom has it something awful. I thought she might have scleroderma but her ANA testing is negative. I don't know alot about this particular CTD though. I don't know what is in my mix. My PCP said it might be mixed since my RNP was high. My neurologist diagnosed my connective tissue disorder in October, I think he believes it's a lupus mix.

I get red tiny dots, various places, I guess they are vascular, blood vessel rupture I guess, I forget the name for that.

What I have on my back is not the same thing, this is kind of like a mole, it is raised a little bit from my skin. But it's red.

I think I will just get my PCP to look at it at my next appt, want to make sure it's not a cancerous issue, better safe than sorry.

 
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Re: scleroderma

The little red dots associated with scleroderma are called Telangiectasias and are not ruptured blood vessels. They can look like a red mole, though. Def get your PCP to take a gander. It might be a rash specific to something else. I know VeeJ has mentioned that there are many different rashes associated with lupus. BTW, scleroderma does not always initially show positive ANA, and is often initially diagnosed by symptoms rather than labs.

 
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Re: scleroderma

Those spots aren't a rash. Just look like blood spots. I've had em forever. The one's on my back are larger and look more like a mole but are red. I haven't showed my doctor but I will at my next appt.

I had some past tanning bed use for about 2 mths straight. Horrible experience, would never do it again. I think it was over the spring. Maybe that caused the dryness with my skin so bad ????

I doubt this is anything to worry about but I would prefer to rule out skin cancer especially since (when I was tanning) I was also taking medication that can cause skin cancer. Just want to make sure it's nothing to worry about. Ya know.. The places on my back did not occur until after all this.

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