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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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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Headache (Definition)

The medical term is cephalalgia. It is a feeling of pain that can occur on either both sides or just one side of the head or neck. Headaches can be sharp, dull, or throbbing, and can radiate to different areas of the head. They typically last less than an hour but can ...Read more


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Is raynaud's disease related to my constant headaches?

Is raynaud's disease related to my constant headaches?

Doctor can evaluate: 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, arteritis, drug side effects, hormonal imbalances, etc... Arteritis (artery inflammation) and some of the other raynaud's causes can affect the head and brain areas. A primary care or rheumatology doctor can evaluate. ...Read more

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Can topamax (topiramate) cause dilupus? On plaquenil/nifedipene for raynaud. And have extreme swelling. Low complement. Headaches/dizziness.

Can topamax (topiramate) cause dilupus? On plaquenil/nifedipene for raynaud. And have extreme swelling. Low complement. Headaches/dizziness.

No: I have never seen discoid lupus be caused by topamax (topiramate), (topiramate) but discoid on occasion can transition to systemic lupus. If you are having swelling of your lower extremities, you need to see your rheumatologist as soon as possible. If swelling of lower extremities is present with elevated blood pressure, that may explain the headaches/ dizziness or the headaches/dizziness could be side effects of topamax (topiramate). ...Read more

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Swollen hands face and knees, lymphodema, low body temp, hot red skin, & headache every night. What could cause this? I also have asthma & raynauds.

Swollen hands face and knees, lymphodema, low body temp, hot red skin, & headache every night. What could cause this? I also have asthma & raynauds.

Thyroid?: I'd get a battery of general tests - complete blood count, comprehensive metabolic profile, and thyroid to begin with. Also, compliment those with a physical exam by a medical professional. ...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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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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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

Dr. Michael Miller
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Raynaud's Disease (Definition)

Raynaud's disease is a disease of the small blood vessels. Triggers such as cold temperatures causes vasospasm of the blood vessels and thus decrease blood flow. Fingers classically turn white, then blue, then red ...Read more