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Scleroderma Articles

The articles below have previously been published in the "What's Up Doc?" or  "On Call" columns of "Scleroderma Voice" magazine. They are on various topics about scleroderma and related conditions. The articles have been authored by scleroderma and chronic illness experts from around the United States.

On Call

The Hand in Scleroderma: Surgical Options by Charles P. Melone, Jr. M.D.

Understanding Your Pharmacist and Medications by JoAnna Harper, Pharm.D., R.Ph

Occupational Therapy and Scleroderma: Providing a Bridge to Function by Carissa Hays-Elliott

Determinants of Work Disability in Patients with Systemic Sclerosis: A Longitudinal Study of the GENISOS Cohort by Shervin Assassi, M.D., M.S.

Scleroderma-associated Interstitial Lung Disease: Managing Symptoms, Living Well by Sally McLaughlin, M.S.

Hospice: Facts, Myths and Misconceptions by Tracy Riggs, R.N.

Which Factors Predict Fatigue Severity in Persons with Scleroderma by Shervin Assassi, M.D., M.S.

Are Cosmetic Procedures Safe for Me by M. Kari Connolly, M.D., and Siegrid  Yu, M.D.

Digital Ulcers by Lorinda Chung, M.D.

What's Up Doc

Q: I have scleroderma and chronic pain. My rheumatologist has me on immunosuppressant drugs and painkillers, but I still have no relief. I have tried exercise, yoga, vitamins, etc. I continue to look for something to help with my pain. Do you have any tips and tricks I could use in addition to my medication?  by James Lemons, Ed.D

Q: I am a scleroderma patient and my doctor has recently also diagnosed me with pulmonary hypertension (PH). As I have looked for more information on this topic, I have seen that it is sometimes referred to as pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Is PAH different from PH? by David B. Badesch, M.D.

Q: I am a 52-year-old woman diagnosed with limited scleroderma. I have recently been referred to have a colonoscopy. As a scleroderma patient with extreme gastrointestinal-related issues, is there anything in particular I should have them look for? Any concerns I should raise about the procedure or preparing for it? by Laura K. Hummers, M.D., ScM

Q: My husband has recently been referred to have a hip replacement. Is there any literature available on scleroderma patients and hip replacements? Any guidance is appreciated. by Laura K. Hummers, M.D., ScM

Q: My husband and I are expecting our first child. I am only two months along, but as a scleroderma patient, I know I may face some added difficulties with this pregnancy. What are the main concerns I should watch for? by Laura K. Hummers, M.D., ScM

Q: My doctor wants me to get the shingles vaccine calls Zostavax®. Is the shingles vaccine safe for people, like me, with scleroderma? by Fredrick Wigley, M.D.

Q: What role do genetics play in the likelihood of getting scleroderma? by Janet Pope, M.D., M.P.H.

Q: Are dental implants safe for people with scleroderma by David Leader, D.M.D.

Q: I’ve read that eating chicken, beef and lamb increases collagen in your body. Should scleroderma patients avoid foods that are high in collagen? by Linda Kaminski, M.S., R.D., C.D.E., Registered Dietitian

Q: What is Vitamin D deficiency/insufficiency and how do I correct it? by Arnold Postlethwaite, M.D.

Q: What are some of the emotional effects of scleroderma? by Ginny Maril, Ph.D.


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