scleroderma and muscle and joint stiffness

Question

I have diffues scleroderma and my main problem is the fast and strong stiffness of the muscle and joints,I tried many kind of steroids(oral,IV,IM) but there was not much good,so do you have any other treatments for this problem,and is there any kind of surgery for hand fingers to improve there movement.

Answer

Musculoskeletal stiffnessa and pain in scleroderma can occur from may causes. Patients can develop an inflammatory polyarthritis, inflammatory muscle disease (myositis) of stiffenss from rapidly advancing skin thickening. Treatments are different. It is tough to advise you without seeing you.

Alan Matsumoto, M.D.

About Alan Matsumoto, M.D.

Part-time Faculty, Division of Rheumatology
Johns Hopkins University