Author Archives: Marta Ribeiro

7 Tips to Better Manage Raynaud’s During Seasonal Changes

In this special article, Scleroderma News Today‘s resident blogger and scleroderma patient, Nicola Whitehill shares her tips on how to better manage Raynaud’s during a seasonal change. 1. Don’t forget to take your medication.  It’s important not to miss any dose of your medication. Try to organize your treatment plan…

9 Things You Should Know About Pain

Scleroderma is an autoimmune disease that causes a hardening of the skin. This can cause tightness around joints, which can be very painful. The American Physiotherapy Association has some important information to help patients deal with pain management. 1. Pain comes from the brain. We often think the source of pain comes…

Management of Daily Skills: Hand and Face Exercises

Scleroderma is a rare autoimmune condition whereby the body produces too much collagen, which presents widespread symptoms in different parts of the body. MORE: Do you know the main areas of the body affected by scleroderma? In this Scleroderma Foundation video, Janet Poole, Ph.D. talks…

6 Recommendations For Eating Well With Scleroderma

According to the Scleroderma Foundation, what we eat ends up affecting our body and our health in many ways. Fruits and vegetables are beneficial foods since they provide our bodies with energy and essential nutrients. On the other hand, processed junk foods are devoid of nutrients and when consumed in large quantities can potentially be harmful to…

10 Scleroderma Facts to Know About

Scleroderma is an autoimmune disorder. This means it occurs when the body’s immune system malfunctions. It mistakenly identifies healthy cells as foreign cells and starts attacking and destroying them. Scleroderma is just one of many autoimmune diseases. It’s a chronic rheumatic disease that affects the body by hardening connective tissue.

6 Types of Scleroderma to Know About

According to the Scleroderma Foundation, scleroderma is a chronic systemic autoimmune disease characterized by hardening (sclero) of the skin (derma), though it may also affect other organs. There is still no cure for scleroderma but effective treatments for some forms of the disease are available. It can be…

10 Facts and Statistics About Autoimmune Diseases

An autoimmune disorder occurs when the body’s immune system malfunctions. It mistakenly identifies healthy cells as foreign cells and starts attacking and destroying them. Scleroderma is just one of many autoimmune diseases. It’s a chronic rheumatic disease that affects the body by hardening connective tissue. MORE: Seven interesting…

8 Tips for Exercising When You Have Scleroderma

People with scleroderma realize they need exercise to keep their joints flexible. However, those living with the condition can often experience a lot of pain and the idea of exercising and risking making the pain worse is not an appealing one. When they do find the will and energy to exercise, it’s important they pace themselves. If they push themselves too hard on a day they’re active, they may not be in good condition for the rest of the week. Anyone with scleroderma should talk to…

7 Tips to Manage Your Fatigue When Living With Scleroderma

Fatigue is a well-known, chronic, debilitating and severe symptom for many autoimmune disease patients, including those with scleroderma. Managing it can be extremely challenging. According to the John Hopkins Scleroderma Center, there are some tips you can follow in order to manage your scleroderma fatigue. 1. Tiredness and fatigue might not be easy to notice: Fatigue usually develops…