Hi Artickat, Welcome to the forum! I also have MCTD, in my case Scleroderma, Lupus and
RA. I had a skin biopsy that confirmed Scleroderma, Lupus rashes on my chest and neck
area. I never had the butterfly rash on my cheeks. My rheumy put me on Methotrexate.
In the past I have done a Prednisone taper, Plaquenil and Imuran.
Sorry you are dealing with so much at a young age. You will find out what works for you
through trial and error. I initially went through a grieving period after I was diagnosed.
It became easier to deal with things after I accepted my new normal. I stay active but am
careful not to overdo. Pacing yourself is so important. You want to prevent flaring if possible.
Exercise is very important. It helps relieve stress, builds muscle and does give you more
energy. Soaking in a hot bath helps me feel better. Any form of heat helps!
Taking one day at a time helps. This is a wonderful forum. I also post on the Fibromyalgia
forum. People at HW really care!
MCTD, Fibromyalgia, Raynauds, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Degenerative
Disc Disease, Hypertension, Migraines and Pseudothrombocytopenia MEDS: Methotrexate, Savella,Flexeril,Diltiazem, Boniva, Vitamins