Major Scleroderma Symptoms
If you have scleroderma, then it means you have a rare disease which is most commonly associated with the buildup of scars on the skin and also damage done to the cell walls in arteries. It is a disease which doesn’t affect many, but the people that it does affect can experience the disease in all different rates and intensities. Some will have only minor damage and spreading, while others can experience major symptoms all across their body.
Some of the most common scleroderma symptoms are associated with the fingers. First, they will change color and start to become pale, after that they will start to turn a bluish color because the blood flow is being cut off. Finally, they will start to turn red when blood flow returns, and this (as well as the other phases) can be accompanied with major tingling and/or pain.
Skin changes are another of the major scleroderma symptoms. Patients can have some swelling in certain areas and then major scars will appear as well. The scars will then often thicken and harden into patches and then will continue to further thicken over time. While the spots will be able to become soft again, the skin itself will be damaged so far that it will lose its ability to stretch and in some cases bending the fingers will become difficult.
Some more major scleroderma symptoms that occur internally are those associated with bones, joints, and muscles. Arthritis can set in and make even the most subtle movements more difficult to execute throughout the body. Muscle weaknesses can also start to accompany the arthritis and will make movement or strength very hard to execute, especially around the shoulders, hips, and core.
Finally, it is important to remember that with scleroderma symptoms you may experience only a few or even all of the most commonly listed complaints (or even none at all). There are more severe complications that will occur in some individuals and even some more minor symptoms as well, however, the most common have already been listed. It is a good idea to check with your doctor about your specific situation, and also with finding out about the best options for you concerning any symptoms or treatments.