" Prednisone also helps to get the muscle weakness under control. My CPK was elevated at the beginning of my DM. Today, I will have flares and severe weakness ...I also take Prednisone and Cellcept daily. This disease is different for each person. You will want to ask ...I have DM and overlapping Scleroderma.
Scleroderma means hard skin. It is a group of diseases that cause abnormal growth of connective tissue. Connective tissue is the material inside your body that gives your tissues their shape and helps keep them strong. In scleroderma, the tissue gets hard or thick. It can cause swelling or pain in your muscles and joints. Read more on MedlinePlus.gov.
Digital Ulcers Around 40% of patients with scleroderma develop open sores on their fingertips called digital ulcers. In some patients, this is the major ongoing difficulty whereas in others, digital ulcers are an uncommon and short term complication.