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Dr. Michael Miller
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Raynaud's Disease (Definition)

It is vascular spasm in the fingers, toes, and can even involves the nose and ears and internal organs the blood vessels of the heart or kidneys in response to cold or stress causing the external elements especially the fingers, toes to turn white. Blue and red can also occur but I like to Emphasize if not white I can not be clear. Others ...Read more


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Every winter my toes become nearly black, i've been tested for several diseases, and raynaud's was ruled out also. What else could it be?

Every winter my toes become nearly black, i've been tested for several diseases, and raynaud's was ruled out also. What else could it be?

Still can be Raynaud: It ca still be raynauds as there is no blood test or imaging or anything that can rule it out ( a good exam and observation of the event is important ). If you have excessive sweaty feet or hands this also may be hyperhidrosis with increased sympathetic nervous system activity (not harmful to you). Would be nice to see a good picture of a classic event. ...Read more

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I have Raynaud's and I'm thinking of accepting a job in Northern Canada. In winter the average temperature is -25. Is it safe?

I have Raynaud's and I'm thinking of accepting a job in Northern Canada. In winter the average temperature is -25. Is it safe?

It depends: it depends on the severity of your Raynauds. As a rule, temps that low significantly increase the risk for serious tissue damage. Inwould look to reside in less severe climates. ...Read more

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How do I deal with raynaud's disease in the winter?

How do I deal with raynaud's disease in the winter?

Gloves: Mittens are best bit mainly keep your hands warm. Sometimes medications like Nifedipine can help. ...Read more

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I have Raynaud's syndrome since last year and I am afraid to sleep next winter... How can I cure this permanently??? :(

I have  Raynaud's syndrome since last year and I am afraid to sleep next winter... How can I cure this permanently??? :(

Chronic condition: No definitive cure but symptoms are manageable. before the age of 30 likely primary Raynauds avoiding exposure of hands to cold by wearing glove, use of warmers, reducing stress, avoiding precipitating drugs and cigaretes. use of drugs like calcium channel blockers or alpha blockers. secondary Raynauds will need also to treat the underlying disease ...Read more

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How can I deal with raynaud's disease in the winter on a farm?

How can I deal with raynaud's disease in the winter on a farm?

Always plan ahead: Cold temperatures are a main cause of raynaud's phenomenon, so cold weather can trigger symptoms. If a person has only mild symptoms, he can keep his hands, feet, face, and ears warm with well-insulated clothing. Gadgets such as heated gloves and heated socks from winter sports stores may help. Never getting lost, using portable heaters, pre-warming the car, keeping dry, etc..., are helpful ideas. ...Read more

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I know I have raynaud's and it's a primary condition for me. Why do I only have problems in the winter?

I know I have raynaud's and it's a primary condition for me. Why do I only have problems in the winter?

Cold temperatures: Raynaud's phenomenon is often caused by cold temperatures. The vasospasm occurs when one's hands, feet, and face are exposed to cold. In the northern hemisphere, winter is the coldest season. ...Read more

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It's winter and my nosetip is red, sore, v v cold. I have chilblains, raynauds fingers, never nose. Nose has no blister/pimples. Nose chilblains?

It's winter and my nosetip is red, sore, v v cold. I have chilblains, raynauds fingers,  never nose. Nose has no blister/pimples.  Nose chilblains?

May be: Chilblain can affect any acral part, though fingers are the most commonly affected part. I trust that you know that you need to keep warm, by dressing in layers to keep the whole body warm. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Isolated gross hematuria dysmorphic rbc. Elevated ck. Mild hypertension. Early androgentc alopecia. Had severe flu 1yr ago. In winter raynauds r hand.

Isolated gross hematuria dysmorphic rbc. Elevated ck. Mild hypertension. Early androgentc alopecia. Had severe flu 1yr ago. In winter raynauds r hand.

The interest: Is in the right handed raynaud's. The body is normally controlled asymmetrically. If oxidative function in brain becomes inefficient, the asymmetry increases. So you might find that the left arm blood pressure is different from the right when taken at the same time by 2 operators. Raynaud is complicated but the asymmetry is unusual. A nutritionist doc might help. ...Read more

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I get migraine headaches. Could they be related to raynaud’s?

I get migraine headaches. Could they be related to raynaud’s?

Possibly: Raynaud's symptoms and migraines both are caused by abnormal regulation of blood flow to certain parts of the body, so they may be related in some patients. Also, some medications for migraines (the triptans and ergot alkaloids) can lead to raynaud's symptoms as a side effect. However, having migraines doesn't mean one will get raynaud's, and having raynaud's doesn't mean one will get migraines. ...Read more

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Is there a connection between trigger finger(s) and raynaud's condition?

Is there a connection between trigger finger(s) and raynaud's condition?

Usually not: Trigger finger is a problem with finger tendons and how they work to move a finger. Raynaud's phenomenon is a problem with spasm of arteries in the fingers, blocking blood flow. They are not directly related, but people with raynaud's syndrome can have connective tissue disorders, so may also have trigger finger. Overuse injuries, such as in certain jobs, can cause trigger finger and/or raynaud's. ...Read more

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How common is raynaud’s?

How common is raynaud’s?

3%-5% have symptoms: Raynaud's disease (no cause found) and raynaud's syndrome (caused by another medical condition) are not that rare. An estimated 3% to 5% of the population have raynaud's phenomenon, although symptoms can range from quite mild all the way to severe. ...Read more

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Where did the name raynaud’s come from?

Where did the name raynaud’s come from?

French physician: The scleroderma foundation website states that in 1862, auguste-maurice raynaud, a french physician, wrote a thesis describing the color changes of hands and feet triggered by exposure to cold. Scleroderma is an autoimmune disorder (connective tissue disorder) in which patients can have raynaud's symptoms as part of their disease. ...Read more

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What organ system(s) are impacted by raynaud's disease?

What organ system(s) are impacted by raynaud's disease?

None to many!: It depends on whether it is raynaud's phenomena, or raynaud's associated with a ctd. With scleroderma, it is the most common first symptom! obviously, raynaud's of the kidneys and heart are serious. See a rheumatologist who will perform nail fold capilaroscopy! ...Read more

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If raynaud’s is so common, how come i’ve never heard of it?

If raynaud’s is so common, how come i’ve never heard of it?

It's not in the news: Raynaud's disease (with no cause found) and raynaud's syndrome (caused by another medical condition) are not that rare. An estimated 3% to 5% of the population have raynaud's phenomenon, although symptoms can range from quite mild all the way to severe. People with mild symptoms learn to keep warm, and might not talk about their symptoms as a disease (to them, it may just be an annoyance). ...Read more

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How do I know whether I have primary or secondary raynaud’s?

How do I know whether I have primary or secondary raynaud’s?

Secondary has 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". ...Read more

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Is there a cure that works for raynaud`s syndrome?

Is there a cure that works for raynaud`s syndrome?

Doubtful: Typically i would say there is no cure for raynauds. The one instance would be if smoking causes the symptoms of raynauds (which it can), and if you quit smoking it could go away. However, most patients with raynauds require treatment to reduce the symptoms of the condition. Avoiding direct contact with cold objects for example could reduce the symptoms. Medications can be quite helpful. ...Read more

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I’ve heard that there’s a surgical procedure to improve raynaud’s. What is it?

I’ve heard that there’s a surgical procedure to improve raynaud’s. What is it?

Sympathectomy: Thoracic sympathectomy is the procedure to cut the "sympathetic nerve" fibers coming out of the spine at the level of t2-t3 (second and third thoracic vertebrae). The nerve fibers usually cross over the second, third, & fourth ribs near the spine. Some doctors are using an endoscope to do this procedure, which would leave almost no surgical scar. The same procedure stops excessive hand sweating. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for raynaud’s?

What is the treatment for raynaud’s?

Hands & feet warm: Keep your hands and feet warm. When exposed to cold weather, wear warm gloves and stockings. Use chemical warmers for hands and feet. Medication, (vasodilators) may help but not too much. ...Read more

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Why do stress and emotional factors trigger raynaud’s episodes?

Why do stress and emotional factors trigger raynaud’s episodes?

Chemical transmitter: Emotional stress, such as anger or anxiety, causes the release of chemical transmitters (called hormones if they travel through the blood, called neurotransmitters if they travel down a nerve fiber) which can increase muscle tone (including the tiny muscle fibers around arteries) or increase the likelihood of muscle fiber contraction... Both of which may lead to vasospasm and raynaud's symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr. Chad Levitt
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Raynaud Phenomenon (Definition)

A condition in which some areas of the body feel numb and ...Read more