Hi. I'm new here. I developed Raynauds in January this year followed quickly by swollen and tightening skin on my hands. I think my Dr thought I had Lupus. I had problems with my knees too. Bloods including ANA were done but I was referred to Rheumatolgy at that initial appoint. I saw the specialist 2 months later and was told that I had scleroderma which I had never heard of. My Dr was really surprised by the diagnosis because I hadn't the typical symptoms.
Since then, I have have developed itchy skin, aching feet, my wrists and ankles have lost some flexibility. I took antihistamine for the itching but ended up with a really dry mouth - double whammy of the condition and use of antihistamines so trying to put up with the skin irritation.
I am protecting my knees and general wellbeing through exercise - I will be devastated if this condition stops me exercising. Whilst I am 60, I am quite fit for my age and it's just what I do and love.
I don't really understand Crest, limited scleroderma etc and don't really know what to expect or actually what I have. I think my Dr and I were so shocked by the diagnosis, we didn't really discuss it. I have decided to take low dose anti-anxiety meds to keep calm!
I would be very grateful if a member here could give me a little bit of advice as to what I have and where it might go. My chest X-ray and lung function tests were normal in May?
Thank you very much.