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Lump on my metacarpophalangeal. Comes and goes. Have seen rheumatologist for possible ranauds No findings as lump had gone. Lump hurts?
Doctor can evaluate: Other than treating the underlying condition (s) causing raynaud's symptoms, avoiding emotional stress, keeping warm, not smoking, and avoiding caffeine, some medications can help. Nifedipine, diltiazem, losartan, and prazosin have been used in patients with raynaud's phenomenon, to block vasospasm and/or relax vessels so they can dilate to let more blood flow through them. ...Read more
Anything: There are no restrictions or specific exercises for raynoud. Raynoud's occurs when the small arteries in the fingers and toes spasm and block blood flow due to coldness. So avoid exercising in cold conditions that makes your raynoud's worse. ...Read more
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Dr elden rand, just to confirm it is completely normal if the ivs is. 1 CM actually thicker than the pw?
A 0.1cm variance on echocardiography between the ivs and pw is within normal limits for normal ivs and pw values.
If any concerns, your cardiologist should be able to pull up your echo images for you to see how the reading was done.
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Blood vessel spasm: Raynaud’s is usually casued by exposure to cold temperatures (or emotional stress) that cause blood vessel spasms, usually in smaller blood vessels, such as in the fingers, toes, ears, and nose. These areas will go through color changes first white (no blood flow), then blue (no oxygen) then red (return of flow), usually with pain or burning. Other causes can be some diseases, drugs, smoking. ...Read more
Blood vessel spasm: Spasms of small blood vessels can cause this. Sometimes it is a part of an autoimmune disease. Smoking can also cause raynaud's phenomenon. It can be treated by smoking cessation and certain medications such as calcium channel blockers. Certain medications such as beta blockers should be avoided as they can make the symptoms worse. ...Read more
Cold avoidance: Raynaud's is made worse by cold exposure and/or stress dressing warmly both centrally and locally is therapeutic. There are no fda approved medications for raynaud's. This makes it difficult for us to give our patients medicine because of the insurance company blockade. Medications and sometimes work include procardia, (nifedipine) erectile dysfunction drugs because they dilate blood vessels, and topical Nitroglycerin to name a few. ...Read more
Spasm: The tiny blood vessels in the tips of the finger constrict with spasm causing a change in color of the skin & may lead to a feeling of tingling or even pain. It usually is precipitated by cold - sometimes as simple as reaching into a refrigerator. Wearing gloves and sometimes meds can usually treat it successfully. ...Read more
Finger color change: Classically people with raynaud's can have a change in skin color. This can be brought on by cold exposure or stress. The classic color change in the fingers can be red, white and blue. To confirm the history I like to hear of a white color change. We also magnify the nailfold capillaries as different diseases that cause raynaud's can sometimes show different changes in these tiny blood vessels. ...Read more
Sometimes yes: While raynaud's is seen in the hands, feet, nose and it is related to muscle contraction in the vessels in these areas. The blood vessels have muscle around them and like the heart these muscles have a rhythm of contraction and relaxation. With cold or stess these vessels can contract and decrease the blood flow in these areas. Internal raynaud's can occur in the heart and the kidneys! ...Read more
Secondary reynauds: In cases of secondary reynauds where an underlying cause or pathology there comes the risks. So if the phenomenon is secondary to scleroderma or rheumatoid arthritis the effect of this different than if the cause is smoking, hepatitis, lupus...Etc. For primary reynauds in extreme cases ulcers or gangrene of the finger tips or finger can develop but it is unusual. ...Read more
Treatment: In addition to those preventative ideas, there are medications that have been shown to reduce the vascular spasm. Options include Pletal (cilostazol) and calcium channel blockers. I would see vascular medicine specialist to be sure the diagnosis is correct as not every thing that makes your fingers turn blue and feel cold is raynaud's. ...Read more
Yes: It's a pretty common condition typically affecting young women with vasospasms of the blood vessels in the fingers causing decreased blood flow leading to a sometimes painful or uncomfortable color change to the fingers. ...Read more
Usually needs meds: Severe disease generally requires medications to control symptoms and prevent or treat tissue damage. See a rheumatologist. ...Read more
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Constricted vessels: Raynaud's phenomenon is a symptom caused by constriction of small blood vessels, usually in the fingers and toes, leading to a lack of nutrients and oxygen going to the fingers and toes. Raynaud's phenomenon can be due to auto-immune disorders, hormonal imbalances, medication effects, etc... A primary care doctor, endocrinologist, or rheumatologist can evaluate a person with such symptoms. ...Read more
Sometimes familial: Raynaud's symptoms sometimes run in families. People with a variety of disorders can get raynaud's phenomenon. Examples include: scleroderma, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, sjogren's syndrome, atherosclerosis, subclavian aneurysm, beta-blocker drugs, ergotamine-type drugs, hypothyroidism, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, magnesium deficiency, etc... ...Read more
Artery constriction: Raynaud's phenomenon is a symptom caused by constriction of small blood vessels, usually in the fingers and toes, leading to a lack of nutrients and oxygen going to the fingers and toes. Raynaud's phenomenon can be due to auto-immune disorders, hormonal imbalances, medication effects, etc... A primary care doctor, endocrinologist, or rheumatologist can evaluate a person with such symptoms. ...Read more
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
Yes: Over time, raynaud's symptoms in the fingers and toes will result in atrophy (shrinkage) of the skin, muscles, and whatever else is in the fingers and toes. The damage is due to lack of nutrients and lack of oxygen when the vasospasm occurs. In severe cases, gangrene (tissue death) of parts of the fingers and toes can occur. ...Read more