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Good morning Lisa, Thanks for your reply. While medical science is getting better all the time, I have to agree with you that Dr's have a long way to go. Unfortunately, situations like yours and mine-often times are overlooked. I'm a single mom of a 7 y/o. I spent many recent years on assistance, trying to attend college full time, and jump through all the hoops that people on aid normally do, but my health problems kept stopping me dead in my tracks! I was eventually labled a lazy hypochondriac, despite my ongoing proof of chronic disease bringing me down... I ran the gammot of tests, endoscopy, MRIs, CT csans, blood work.... I had two surgeries in 2002 & 2003. Had my Gaul bladder removed, then when I got my tubes tied, the surgeons found a cyst the size of a tennis ball on my left ovary. I saw a top Urologyst at Stanford MC for the progressive urethral pain-off and on for 3 years. Finally we discovered two diverticuli (little pockets) on my urethra, and a fistula (opening between organs) on my urethra as well. I also have HBP (which is new within the past two years), and anxiety issues that are triggered from Post traumatic stress. So all these symptoms, and the positive ANA blood test, definately suggest that there is some serious disease happening in my body-despite the lack of typical skin/face issues. I do have raynauds (sp?) syndrome to some extent... My fingertips turn blue when my hands get cold, but they haven't turned white or hard yet-time will tell. Other random symptoms I have are: frequent stabbing pains in my limbs-I thought maybe it was deep vein thrombosis because these pains happen in the same spots over and over again. My Dr. says that's "nothing" lol, and I have a few hard pea-sized hard skin spots on my claves and ancles. I need to see a Dermatologist about these at some point soon...

The good news: This isn't necessarily a death sentence! I think that less than 10% of people with scleroderma actually die from complications therof... Yet the quality of life for those who are severly effected, can be painful and depressing. I think that you and your mom should both monitor your blood pressure-as this is part of the disease. And chronic fatigue goes along with it too. My Rhumatologyst has me on prenatal vitamins because the extra vitamin B is good for the circulation and connective tissue. And Prylosec (sp?) for acid reflux. I've also been on long term pain medication for two years, routine antibiotics, blood pressure medication, and zoloft for anxiety/depression.

I'm sorry that you are effected by such difficult symptoms at your age. It's true that Scleroderma usually hits women in their mid 30s to mid 40s, but we are individuals-not statistics! I think it's very important for you to maintain a healthy diet, and exercise. My Dr. says that general stretching is very important with this condition to maintain flexibility. I need to ask you though: Why can't you go clubbing/partying with your friends? It seems to me that this would be great for your stress level! Are you concerned about drug interactions with alcohol? I don't see any harm in you having a few social drinks on occasion... I can't drink alcohol because the mix with pain meds can be deadly, but when I'm not on pain meds I have an occasional cocktail...

I hope you find some solid answers and acknowledgement Dear, and that you find help to manage your symptoms effectivey!

Sheri ((Hugs))