Hi Ann, Welcome to the forum!
I am an optimist and always try to look at the positive side of things. I too have MCTD,
was initionally dx with UCTD but recently recieved a confirmed dx of MCTD. Scleroderma
is my dominant disease in the overlap. I do get Lupus rashes but not the malar rash on
my cheeks. I get the annular ring type on my chest when I am flaring.
Excercise and relaxation therapy really helps me. I love to walk, it relieves stress, and
gives me energy. I am very careful to listen to what my body is telling me. I rest when
I need to. Fatigue is a major issue for me, I'm careful to really watch what I do during
the day. I learned what my limits are when I am flaring. When I have muscle pain, I
soak in a hot bath. I try to reduce stress as much as possible, when I am tense; I do
deep breathing excercises. I try to eat healthy and get enough rest.
I continue to enjoy life. I am lucky to have the support a loving husband, family and friends.
Parties are a big thing in our neighborhood. We celebrate life! Learning to accept my
illness was not easy at first because I was afraid. I realized that I am not my ilness, I am
still me, and I take it one day at a time. No two ilnesses are the same, you will find what
works for you.
Ann, I am really glad you found us. No one is alone here!!!!!!!
Continue to post, comment, vent or ask questions. There is always someone here.
MCTD, Fibromyalgia, Raynauds, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Degenerative
Disc Disease, Hypertension, Migraines and Pseudothrombocytopenia
MEDS: Methotrexate, Savella,Flexeril,Diltiazem, Boniva, Vitamins
Post Edited (crazykitty) : 9/11/2009 12:29:55 PM (GMT-6)