Well, here is my first forum post! I mentioned in my intro that I have a current fear of scleroderma. One of my main "symptoms" is a general sunburnt feeling all over my skin, the worst in my face. In general my skin feels tight, burning, itchy, etc. And another one I noticed about a month ago was that I woke up with my both my hands asleep and totally puffy. It went away after waking up and moving around. Initially I didn't correlate it to scleroderma and actually had no clue about it. But once I did some googling and found that this particular disease causes the skin to feel to tight, uncomfortable and also causes swelling/stiff hands in the morning, the full blown anxiety started. I even started experiencing GERD, which is a major symptom of this.
I had blood work done to rule out an autoimmune disorder, since scleroderma is autoimmune related and all results were negative. I also saw my dermatologist last week and she says my face burning issues is rosacea and gave me meds. Says she can't explain the rest of my body burning sensations.
So now I am left with no explanation for the tight, tingling hands that I am waking up with daily and fear it being scleroderma still since this a major symptom. I, of course, feel that maybe my tests were wrong since the disease could not be full blown yet and in the begninning stages. I fear it getting worse and that I may possibly be diagnosed at a later date.
Anyone else have this issue with their hands and can put my mind at ease? Is it possiblet that this is just anxiety causing that symptom? I want to tell myself that but the problem is that I started experiencing it before my fear of scleroderma started, so I am having a hard time convincing myself this time!
Anyhow, thanks for reading and I would love any support you guys have to offer!