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Doctor insights on: Dermatosclerosis Raynauds Disease

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Can u have scleroderma without raynauds? I have HORRIBLE Gerd,for past 4 months with no relief with PPI's ,I have lupus I dont want another AI disease

Can u have scleroderma without raynauds? I have HORRIBLE Gerd,for past 4 months with no relief with PPI's ,I have lupus I dont want another AI disease

Sometimes: Raynaud's is the first symptom in 70% of people with scleroderma. 95% will have it at some time. One of 20 people with scleroderma will not have Raynaud's. The other 19 will suffer from it. Be sure you do not smoke. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Miller
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Raynaud's Disease (Definition)

It is vascular spasm in the fingers, toes, and can even involves the nose and ears and internal organs the blood vessels of the heart or kidneys in response to cold or stress causing the external elements especially the fingers, toes to turn white. Blue and red can also occur but I like to Emphasize if not white I can not be clear. Others ...Read more


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My 66yr old mother has been diagnosed with scleroderma (she has raynaud's too). What should we be expecting as a family and how can I help her?

My 66yr old mother has been diagnosed with scleroderma (she has raynaud's too). What should we be expecting as a family and how can I help her?

Hard to say: Scleroderma can be relatively mild with little or no internal involvement or it can be severe. She needs to be under the care of a rheumatologist. You should direct that question to the doctor who cares for her. He/she knows your mother's status best. ...Read more

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I have Raynaud's phenomenon, and chronic constipation for 3-4 years (colonoscopy clean, high fibre diet). Should I be worried about scleroderma?

Some chance: A small number of people who have Raynaud's also develop scleroderma. Note the SMALL NUMBER. Just keep up with your health providers recommendations for the Raynaud's and be vigilant. ...Read more

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Hands always cold, grandma had raynauds and scleroderma. Im male almost 22, could I have them both too?

Hands always cold, grandma had raynauds and scleroderma. Im male almost 22, could I have them both too?

Yes: Raynaud's syndrome, a spasm of the small vessels of the hands, is most often related to cold weather, emotional stress, or a multitude of other factors. Classically it is described as cold hands which first turn "ghost white" and then become purplish in color, most often trigged by the cold. There is a hereditary pattern to it in some forms, however, it's not necessarily an inherited disorder. ...Read more

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Mom just developed raynauds at age 52 what's chances of her getting scleroderma? no other symptoms,has negative ANA ,I am her daughter tho & have lupus

Very small: Many people who develop Raynaud`s disease never develop anything more. Scleroderma is very rarely genetically related. So may good fortune be yours. ...Read more

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Possibility of having scleroderma w/ negative scl-70 & negative anti-centromere antibodies?no raynauds,but bad GERD w/ PPI's not workin, I have lupus

Possibility of having scleroderma w/ negative scl-70 & negative anti-centromere antibodies?no raynauds,but bad GERD w/ PPI's not workin, I have lupus

History / physical: Scleroderma is diagnosed on history and physical exam. Without Raynaud's, it's unlikely. The labs aren't altogether sensitive. I'd address the GERD as a separate issue, and continue as you're probably already doing keeping a close eye on your lupus as a proactive patient. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Raynauds, chronic swelling-hands & feet, joint pain & grinding, gerd, spider veins 3+yrs. Now skin hardening dr. Took biopsy & ana- is it scleroderma?

Raynauds, chronic swelling-hands & feet, joint pain & grinding, gerd, spider veins 3+yrs. Now skin hardening dr. Took biopsy & ana- is it scleroderma?

INDEED A : A possibility. Please be in the care of a rheumatologist. This is not a joke of a diagnosis. You should be tested immediately for scl-70 antibody also called topoisomerase i. If positive two options are possible systemic scleroderma and systemic le. Do not delay and good luck to you! ...Read more

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Does kid qualify for vaccine exempt with family hist of scleroderma, Raynaud's, psoriasis, scoriatic arthritis, and personal hist of eczema and celiac?

Does kid qualify for vaccine exempt with family hist of scleroderma, Raynaud's, psoriasis, scoriatic arthritis, and personal hist of eczema and celiac?

No: Vaccines will prevent you from getting serious diseases which might complicate your personal history of eczema and celiac disease. Go see your Pediatrician and get all protections you can. ...Read more

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What organ system(s) are impacted by raynaud's disease?

What organ system(s) are impacted by raynaud's disease?

None to many!: It depends on whether it is raynaud's phenomena, or raynaud's associated with a ctd. With scleroderma, it is the most common first symptom! obviously, raynaud's of the kidneys and heart are serious. See a rheumatologist who will perform nail fold capilaroscopy! ...Read more

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How common is raynaud's disease?

How common is raynaud's disease?

Pretty common: Raynaud's disease is not actually a disease. It is symptoms of pain, coldness and color changes in hands and/or feet with no known cause. However, it is frequently seen with a variety of other diseases such as collagen diseases and thoracic outlet syndrome. When a cause is found it is called raynaud's phenomenon. Treatment is mainly protect the hands and feet when exposed to cold environment. ...Read more

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Is raynaud's disease pretty rare?

Is raynaud's disease pretty rare?

No, not rare: Raynaud's disease (no cause found) and raynaud's syndrome (caused by another medical condition) are not that rare. An estimated 3% to 5% of the population have raynaud's phenomenon, although symptoms can range from quite mild all the way to severe. ...Read more

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Dr. Pierre Moeser
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Scleroderma (Definition)

An autoimmune disease in which there is excessive thickening of the connective tissues. This can cause skin tightening, rash, difficulty swallowing, and in severe cases affect ...Read more


Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Dermatosclerosis (Definition)

Dermatosclerosis = scleroderma = autoimmune disease affecting connective tissue & blood vessels. It causes skin to thicken asymmetrically due to deposits of fibrous connective ...Read more