When you have scleroderma, the thing you’re most likely to notice first is that the skin on your fingers, arms, legs, hands, feet, or face tightens, gets harder, or gets thicker. Help is available, though. Your doctor has treatments to manage scleroderma symptoms, which can also include:
Swelling, stiffness, or pain in the fingers, toes, hands, feet, or face
Fingers and toes that react strongly to cold -- they may look white and hurt. This is called Raynaud's phenomenon.
Red spots on the fingers, palms, face, lips, or tongue. These are called telangiectasias. They happen when tiny blood vessels are widened.
Ulcers or sores on fingertips, knuckles, or elbows
Fatigue or feeling tired
If you notice just a few -- or all -- of these symptoms together, call your doctor to get checked for scleroderma.
Symptoms of osteoarthritis may include joint pain and progressive stiffness that develops gradually.
Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis may include painful swelling, inflammation, and stiffness in the fingers, arms, legs, and wrists occurring in the same joints on both sides of the body, especially upon awakening.
Symptoms of infectious arthritis may include fever, chills, joint inflammation, tenderness, and sharp pain that is associated with an injury or infection elsewhere in your body.