Should I talk to my doctor about my scleroderma symptoms?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

If you notice that the skin of your hands look shiny and taut, if your fingers seem to blanch or turn blue when the temperature changes and you are not traversing the tundra, or if you seem to have developed joint problems, you should absolutely talk to your doctor. Early diagnosis, symptom management, and minimizing damage to affected organs like your GI system, heart or kidneys, make scleroderma more manageable.



Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Because scleroderma can impact many different areas and organs in the body, it is best to first see your family doctor if you notice symptoms. From there, he or she will refer you to specialists who are experts in the specific areas where you are experiencing symptoms.

Because scleroderma can cause serious health problems and is potentially life-threatening, it's important to talk to your doctor if you start having symptoms of scleroderma. Your doctor may refer you to a rheumatologist (a joint specialist), or to other specialists who can diagnose and treat you for any gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, or kidney symptoms. Although there is no known cure for the disorder, these doctors can prescribe medications and recommend other treatments that may help control pain and reduce organ and tissue damage.

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