I am actually not diagnosed yet but the doctor does think I am developing an autoimmune disorder. She thinks scleroderma is most likely but Lupus is also a possiblility.
I was "weakly positive" for the ANA test. And she examined my finger tips (Nailfold Capillaroscopy) and said it looked good. But the issues and symptoms I am having seem to have her thinking I might be starting to develop it.
Swelling fingers, weird hard spots under the skin, and hypersensativity of the fingertips are the symptoms that got me to the Dr.
My other symptoms might be just aging (joint pain and such) I am 45 yrs old.
So how fast does it progress? I know it depends on what kind, but I was stlll looking at a time frame. Am I probably 2 yrs away from the twisted hands. Or could it be 10 or 15 years. Is it something that progresses in "jerks" like long periods of no progression, then "boom" or is the progressions more steady and predictable?
I am just wanting to have some idea of what the years to come will be like.