Managing symptoms

The symptoms of scleroderma can affect your quality of life, but there are many things that can be done to manage them. Here you can find advice on how to cope with different symptoms and what you can do yourself to help.

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Your doctor or nurse will also be able to help you. They have the knowledge and experience to address any questions you have (or at least point you in the right direction for answers), so don’t be afraid to ask.

Adjusting to your challenges

Whatever your challenges, you can find ways to adjust and work around them. It’s worth the effort to find things that work for you, so you don’t have to miss out on the things that matter to you.

The facts:1

40 %
of people with scleroderma will develop ulcers or open sores.
9 /10
people with scleroderma develop digestive system symptoms.
25 %
of people with scleroderma will develop hard lumps.

Tips to manage your symptoms

  • Make healthy food choices

    The energy and nutrients that make your body work well come from your food and drink, and a balanced healthy diet.
  • Stay active

    There is scientific evidence that being active can help you lead a healthier and happier life.2
  • Manage stress

    More and more evidence suggests that being mindful not only reduces stress and anxiety, but builds resilience.3
  • Stop smoking

    A study showed that people with scleroderma who stopped smoking had improvements in some of their symptoms, such as Raynaud's phenomenon.4