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A 39-year-old member asked:

is raynaud's disease usually progressive?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Not necessarily: The raynaud's and scleroderma association in the U.K. States that raynaud's disease is more common in teens and young adults, especially teen girls and young women. The majority of patients resolve their symptoms in their twenties. (probably the approximately 10% of cases who have secondary conditions causing raynaud's will continue to have symptoms unless their secondary disorders are resolved.).
Dr. Kevin Nolan
Vascular Surgery 35 years experience
Raynaud's : It is not usually progressive itself though associated conditions like connective tissue disorders and other can be which may make the symptoms worse.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

How do I cope with severe raynaud's syndrome?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Work with doctors: A patient with significant Raynaud symptoms can work closely with his primary care and rheumatology doctors to identify the things that trigger the vasospasm (in order to avoid them) and do trials of various drug therapies to see which medications or combinations of drugs give the best effect. In severe cases, surgery on the nerves may be considered. Some experimental treatments can be tried.
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A 44-year-old member asked:

How do they determine if it's primary or secondary raynaud's?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Look for diseases: When a patient has raynaud's phenomenon (vasospasm leading to poor circulation in the fingers and toes), his doctors will look for the common causes such as autoimmune disorders, drug side effects, hormonal imbalances, etc... If no medical condition is found that is causing the symptoms, then the disorder is called "primary". If a condition is found, then the disorder is "secondary".
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A 25-year-old member asked:

What should I look for in good gloves for raynaud's syndrome?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Dexterity, warmth: Gloves should be warmly insulated, and have a breathable, waterproof coating or layer such as goretex (wet gloves get cold). They should be easy to get on an off, and not be too tight (tight-fitting gloves can decrease blood flow). Gloves should allow good dexterity, so the wearer doesn't have to take them off outdoors (be able to use keys, zip up jackets, etc..., without taking gloves off).
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A 32-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between primary and secondary raynaud's syndrome?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Depends on the cause: When a patient has Raynaud's phenomenon (vasospasm leading to poor circulation in the fingers and toes), his doctors will look for the common causes such as autoimmune disorders, drug side effects, hormonal imbalances, etc... If no medical condition is found that is causing the symptoms, then the disorder is called "primary". If a condition is found, then the disorder is "secondary".
A 41-year-old member asked:

Is TMJ typically associated with raynaud's disease?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
No: Tmj (temporal-mandibular joint) symptoms are not usually associated with raynaud's disease. Some of the medical conditions that can cause raynaud's syndrome are types of arthritis or autoimmune disorders, so there is a chance that a patient can have tm joint symptoms. Emotional stress can trigger raynaud's symptoms, and some people do have stress-related habits that worsen their TMJ symptoms.

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