Hi Celtic Cail, I have MCTD and Fibromyalgia. I usually post on the fibro forum.
My MCTD is an overlap of Lupus, Scleroderma and RA. Repeated bloodwork showed
a high positive RNP. I had a skin biopsy that was positive for a variant of scleroderma.
My right arm is showing some atrophy with a 3" dent in my forearm and linear morphea.
The skin on my face is becoming thicker and tighter. My hands swell and my knuckles
become red and swollen. My knees, elbows, ankles and feet are prone to swelling too.
At times, I will get rashes and burning red areas on my body. I also have Raynauds.
Initially, I was on Plaquenil and Azathoprine for the MCTD, now I'm on Methotrexate
and take Ditiazem for Raynauds. I believe the Merthotrexate has helped slow down
the progression of the disease. I also have other health issues going on, so it is trying
at times. I take one day at a time and keep as active as I can. I believe it is possible
to live a wonderful life no matter what you have. Try to stay positive and enjoy life!
Fibromyalgia, MCTD (Lupus, Scleroderma & RA) Raynaud's, Osteoporosis,
Osteoarthritis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Migraines, and Hypertension
Prescription Meds: Savella, Cyclobenzaprine, Methotrexate, Diltiazem, Boniva,
Folic Acid. OTC Meds: Multi-vitamin. Vit, D, Vitamin B12 & calciim supplements