What is Scleroderma?
Scleroderma is an autoimmune disease that can be either localized or systemically diffused. It is a chronic tissue disease.
95% of scleroderma cases begins with Raynaud's (hands and feet sensitive to the cold). Federal funding for Scleroderma is far less than other autoimmune diseases. Misdiagnosis is common and can take years to be properly diagnosed in a large part due to the lack of knowledge in the medical community.
The word "Scleroderma" comes from Greek words: 'sclero' meaning hard, and 'derma' meaning skin.
What does Scleroderma do to the body?
Scleroderma attacks the body's tissue that can include thickening of the skin, joint stiffness, chronic pain, and damage to the internal organs to name a few. Every case is different even although Scleroderma has a mind and life of its own that is unique to each individual person. It can limit the ability to use your hands, wrists and even the ability to straighten your arms and or legs. Other internal issues can occur as well primarily with the kidneys (may need dialysis), lungs (lung transplant possibility), and the gastrointestinal system.