Posted 9/23/2007 1:14 PM (GMT -6)
(((( Hippi ))))) I am not sure what may be causing your problems, I just wanted to give you a *hug*! Take care and hope your figure out what's causing this tightness in your skin. Take care! Hugs and love to you
Stacie

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Posted 9/23/2007 2:23 PM (GMT -6)
Hippi,

When I started reading your post I also thought "scleroderma". But the suggestion that it could be caused by travel also makes sense and that's the answer I'm counting on for you. I'm glad you're going to put it on your list. In order not to lose your list, save it onto your screen. Even if you forget where you put it, you'll eventually see it there. smurf

Love ya,

Pat
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Posted 9/23/2007 2:41 PM (GMT -6)
Hmmmmm . . . my first thought was dehydration, but water retention does make sense. Drinking extra water is always a good thing for all of us and it actually helps relieve water retention as it causes the body to willingly give up the retained fluid . . . kind of a weird phenomenon, but really worth a try. Hippi, with all the D you've had recently, it could even be an electrolyte thing . . . not sure how you would know, but if it is, it would really keep you feeling awful.

I'm sending you some herbal tea and another hug!!

Blessings!

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Posted 9/23/2007 10:05 PM (GMT -6)
Hippi,

I'd go with the ideas the others have given you. I have scleroderma in overlap with lupus. That is not usually how the skin tightening in sclero starts out so I think you can breath easy in that regard.

xoxo emmie
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Posted 9/24/2007 10:21 AM (GMT -6)
Hippi,

(((HUGS))) It does sound like the traveling makes sense. Our bodies are so suseptical (sp?) and so sensitive to different things and changes that it sure does sound like a possibility. I hope you can figure it out soon. Sounds like a good thing to put on your list for your next rheumy appt.

Keeping you in my thoughts.
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Posted 9/25/2007 7:09 PM (GMT -6)
Hi hippimom--
Are you sure its just the skin or your muscles too? I was also thinking in addition to electrolyte problems during travel mentioned above that maybe your back may be causing some tension. My legs and arms get rock hard when my fibro is bad and my back is bad, also my skin is very thick and dry due to endocrine problems. The only time I had what I think you describe is when I had an allergic reaction, like really fast, due to a yellow fly bite and my whole leg swelled up. I hope you figure it out, it sounds disturbing. Will be thinking of you and praying for you to be better.
Love, Marji
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