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what are some diseases typically associated with raynaud's syndrome?

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Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 35 years experience
Autoimmune diseases: Raynaud's can be seen without associated autoimmune diseases. It can also be seen with, scleroderma, lupus, sjogrens, vasculitis, carpal tunnel, trauma, smoking, certain medications, and exposure to vinyl chloride.
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Dr. Michael Laccheo answered
Rheumatology 15 years experience
Lupus: Rheumatoid arthritis, antiphospholipid syndrome, systemic lupus erythematosus, and sjögrens. Most people with raynaud's syndrome don't have an underlying disease, though.

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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.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What type of doctor should I see for raynaud's disease testing?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Rheumatology doctor: A rheumatologist is the main specialist to see for evaluating raynaud's symptoms. A primary care doctor can order many of the tests. Sometimes the primary care doctor will refer a patient to both a rheumatologist and an endocrinologist (to evaluate for hormonal imbalances).
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.).
A 37-year-old member asked:

What are the key factor's in knowing whether or not I have raynaud's disease?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Look for causes: When a patient has raynaud's phenomenon (vasospasm 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 "raynaud's disease". If an underlying condition is found, then the disorder is called "raynaud's syndrome".
A 31-year-old member asked:

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

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Dr. Robert Cuff
Vascular Surgery 24 years experience
Testing: Primary raynauds means there is no underlying arterial disease or autoimmune disease. This accounts for the vast majority of cases. Non-invasive arterial studies and blood work for rheumatoid arthritis , scleroderma and lupus can be done to rule out secondary raynauds.

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