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Tatita: Morphea

Puerto Rico

Red Flowers from Gene by Shelley EnszI am thirty-seven years old. A year ago I had gallbladder surgery, and after the procedure I began to experience back and arm pain, and sometimes strong headaches.

After two weeks, noticed a spot, as if someone had hit me in the back, behind the arm, and then another one in my thighs followed. I thought at first that during surgery, when I was sedated, somebody had hit me, since I have very sensitive white skin. However the marks do not disappear.

The doctor has prescribed a cream and some pills that had really adverse effects. Finally they sent me on to a laser treatment. The doctor says that he will not give me the results of my biopsy, but I feel worse every day.

I live in Puerto Rico and it seems that the illness is not known over here. Thank you for helping me out and reading about my problem.

~ Update 04-25-2010 ~

After many tests and biopsies they have diagnosed me with Morphea. I am currently in laser therapy and I need some injections, but they are very painful, some days the pain in my arms is so unbearable that I cannot get out of bed. I am a very optimistic person and I have faith in my God, I know he will not give me more than I can take. I just hope I do not get any other spots and that I am able to overcome the illness with medicine.

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Story edited 10-30-09 JTD
Story posted 04-23-10 SLE
Update edited 04-26-10 JTD
Update posted 04-28-10 SLE

Story Artist: Shelley Ensz
Story Translator: Alba León
Story Editor: Judith Thompson Devlin

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