Scleroderma Symptoms-Finding the Right Therapy for You
One of the most mysterious of all rheumatic diseases is one with scleroderma symptoms.
This disease didn’t get any recognition until Sharon Monsky, a patient suffering from this disease took matters into her own hands and founded an organization to raise money for the research.
Monsky founded the Scleroderma Research Foundation in 1987, and at the time she was the only organization dedicated solely to the research for this disease.
As a businesswoman, Monsky was determined to learn more about this disease and how she could help those in the future who might get this diagnosis.
Growing up, Monsky was known for her talent in figure skating, and later she became widely known for her work supporting the research and effort to find a cure for scleroderma.
She had gone onto college and earned her B.A. in marketing as well as her M.B.A. from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Her career took off, landing her a position with a prestigious firm in San Fransisco, but her diagnosis was given in 1984.
Given only a few years to live, Monsky was determined to beat the odds, which, she did.
Shocked at how little was known about this disease, she worked tirelessly to aid in getting research done for the medical community and she was focused on helping others.
Although this disease had never been given much attention, her foundation became the largest investor in medical research.
Less than a year later, the foundation had already raised more than $300,000 for the research of this disease and a potential cure.
Today, this little-known disease is waking people up as more individuals present the symptoms that accompany it.
Questions were left unanswered for Monsky early on, but with the help of a Scientific Advisory Board, she felt that she would be able to advance the foundation and how they could help people around the world with this ravaging disease.
It is important to learn and understand the scleroderma symptoms so that the source of the disease can be targeted and defeated through the right therapies.
Please make sure that you read this article through until the end, so that you can fully understand how the morbid symptoms of this disease could be reduced.
Scleroderma Symptoms-Early Warning Signs of the Disease
Do you know someone suffering from scleroderma?
Chances are, you may but they may not know it yet.
This disease has often been misdiagnosed, but it may also not be getting the press it deserves from the medical community.
Scleroderma is categorized as a rheumatic disease, and it can vary in how symptoms present depending upon where the disease shows up on the body, including:
- Patches on the skin. These patches often feel as though they are hardening or tightening in an unusual fashion. The patches may appear to be in different shapes, including round, oval, or even in patches that appear to be more like lines. In some cases, the patches may be widespread across the limbs or torso, but they may also be small and limited only to the hands. The skin may become so tight that it appears to shine. The tightening of the skin may make it difficult to move.
- Raynaud’s phenomenon. This symptom is common to patients with lupus, but it is also an early warning sign of those who may be suffering from scleroderma. This phenomenon may cause the fingers or toes to turn colors when cold temperatures ensue, and numbness may also become a problem.
- Digestive disorders. Those who suffer from scleroderma may also have challenges with digesting their food. This is not limited to acid reflux, but it is more likely to present as an absorption problem. Acid reflux may be an issue, but with this disease, it is more likely for an individual to have trouble absorbing important and vital nutrients through the intestines.
- Problems with heart function, lungs, and kidneys. Those with auto-immune diseases are more likely to have heart problems as well as problems with the lungs and kidneys. The severity of these scleroderma symptoms will vary by individuals, and in some cases they may be worse than others. When these organs are malfunctioning, it is important that the patient seek the help of a physician as soon as possible in order to determine the root cause, and whether or not this is life threatening. Oftentimes, the dysfunction of these major organs can lead to death when they are not treated quickly.
Scleroderma is most appropriately defined as resulting from the overproduction of collagen in the body, and it is what makes up the connective tissue in your body.
The overproduction can cause the skin to tighten and harden, causing the patches that are mentioned above.
While doctors have agreed that they are unable to pinpoint one specific source for what causes this disease, it is also agreed that problems with the immune system may be triggered by the use of pesticides, or other toxins that could potentially be airborne.
Doctors have also recognized that this disease affects women more than men, and it is less likely to occur in Americans of European descent, but appears to affect the Choctaw Native American peoples as well as African-Americans.
There is still much research to be done, but more and more diagnoses are cropping up with scleroderma.
Have you been recently diagnosed with this disease? Could PEMF therapy be the answer for you?
Scleroderma Symptoms-Could PEMF Therapy Help You?
We know that there are numerous studies being conducted using PEMF therapy for those who are suffering with various auto-immune diseases and rheumatic diseases specifically.
While this therapy is not a cure, we would urge you to do your own research online and read as much material as you can regarding how PEMF therapy has helped thousands to reduce pain, inflammation, and various skin conditions.
Psoriasis is similar in appearance, and although there is no one specific cause for this condition, it could be that PEMF therapy can help in a similar fashion.
The one thing that can give us hope is that PEMF therapy has been shown to reduce inflammation and help those with psoriasis to get relief from their symptoms.
Can you imagine waking up one day with the reduced appearance of hardened patches of skin?
We make no claims that this is a cure or a treatment, but it is worth opening up a discussion with your physician about using this as a complementary therapy.
Your physician knows your medical history, and they are best able to assess whether or not this is a therapy you can try.
This complex condition is still being researched, and those who have been diagnosed should know that we haven’t given up.
The goal with PEMF therapy is to help control the symptoms or conditions that a patient may be experiencing, but not a cure.
Certainly, this condition has a long way to go in terms of getting a fair shake when it comes to medical research.
For example, one of the symptoms that may potentially improve is the sensitivity to cold.
However, this isn’t to say that other symptoms may not be reduced or in other words improve.
At this time we have no testimonial from a patient with scleroderma, but if you have used this we would love to hear your story.
If you would like to learn more about how PEMF therapy may be able to reduce scleroderma symptoms as well as other auto-immune related conditions, please visit www.pemfsupply.com, and be sure to check out our informational videos.