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A 48-year-old member asked:

what do i need to know about raynaud's syndrome?

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Dr. Tracy Lovell
Rheumatology 21 years experience
See below: This is condition where the blood vessels vasospasm in response to cold which is why is important to avoid cold. On occasion this can be associated with a number conditions such as autoimmune disease. Consider seeing rheumatologist for evaluation.
Dr. Ronald Krauser
Rheumatology 52 years experience
See details: It is caused by spasm of small arteries mainly in the hands and/or feet. If necessary, there are meds that provide good benefit. Raynauds can be related to underlying connective tissue disorders such as ra, lupus and scleroderma. If you suspect raynauds, see a rheumatologist.
Dr. Norman Chideckel
Vascular Surgery 42 years experience
Few things: It is not due to poor circulation it may be related to thyroid disease or other disease s such as scleroderma, connective tissue disorders most case do not have an underlying cause have your doctor do a workup.

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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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