Wednesday, 1 June 2016

DAY 2: Systemic Symptoms, Scleroderma Awareness Month 2016

DAY 2 - Symptoms

Scleroderma can be systemic and can affect the entire body, depending on the type of scleroderma present in the body. This can be identified by specific blood screening and other diagnostic tests — see later on in the week for more information on this!

The entire body is affected in the diffuse form of Scleroderma, with a never-ending list of symptoms to manage and try to control. The current treatments available are targeted at symptom suppression only, before moving on to organ transplant or stem cell transplant.

Raynaud’s is caused by vasoconstriction of the small blood vessels at the extremities. Most scleroderma patients present Raynaud’s symptoms, but it is possible to present with Raynaud’s symptoms and not present with Scleroderma. See later on in the week for more information on this.

More investment is needed in research for this chronic, debilitating autoimmune, rheumatic diagnosis, which hijacks the entire body. 

This article was originally published here  in my Column with Scleroderma News.

To read my articles:
The importance of an early diagnosis click here 
the role of medical research click here
the importance of expert specialist centres click here
diet and nutrition click here
taking part in research trials click here
the UK guidelines for management and treatment of Scleroderma click here
my skin is cured from scleroderma click here 
BSR and BHPR guideline for the prescription and monitoring of non-biologic disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs, Raynaud's, Scleroderma, Rare Disease click here  
EULAR guidelines for treatment of systemic sclerosis scleroderma, click here  

Please DONATE to help fund medical research at the Scleroderma Unit at The Royal Free hospital where 100% of your donation will be used to fund vital medical research. Thank You.

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29th June World Scleroderma Day. Read more here  

Scleroderma Awareness flashback 2016. Read more here 
Scleroderma Awareness 2016 Campaign Index. Click here 
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