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Doctor insights on: Raynaud's Disease

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I’ve heard lots of different names for raynaud’s – disease, phenomenon, syndrome – are they all the same?

I’ve heard lots of different names for raynaud’s – disease, phenomenon, syndrome – are they all the same?

Related & different: When a patient has raynaud's phenomenon (the symptom of 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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Can rheumatoid arthritis cause raynaud's syndrome and can raynauds syndrome be fatal?

Can rheumatoid arthritis cause raynaud's syndrome and can raynauds syndrome be fatal?

Not directly: Raynauds can be present on occasion in patients with RA although I am sure you can say one causes the other. It is not fatal. ...Read more

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How common is raynauds disease?

How common is  raynauds disease?

3 to 20%: So bone fide raynaud's phenomena ranges anywhere between 3-20% for women and 3-15% in men. The ranges are somewhat wide: interestingly, some estimates in france has been higher (~15%) than in the us (~5%). I feel that the more accurate number is closer to 5% worldwide though based on studies down thus far. ...Read more

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Advice for raynauds disease? Glover?

Advice for raynauds disease? Glover?

Gloves and. Meds!: Wearing gloves is essential in cold weather! an electric pocket warmer is useful! i favor the calcium channel blockers for use, but in lower doses, than treating bp! these drugs dilate arteries and prevent vasospasm with cold or anxiety quit well. I use Diltiazem the most in sustained release dosing only 1 x per/day. ...Read more

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How do you deal with raynauds disease?

How do you deal with raynauds disease?

Keep warm and Ca++ : Calcium channel blockers are the most common medication that physicians use to treat the symptoms of raynauds. The main drawback is the side effects from these medicines. Keeping your hands and feet warm remains the best treatment. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of raynauds disease?

What are symptoms of raynauds disease?

Vasoapastic response: Raynaud's phenomenon is an exaggerated vasoapastic response to cold weather and stress. The blood vessels of the extremity normally dilate and constrict with temperature changes. This occurs to an extreme degree in patients with raynauds. They will experience blue or white fingers or toes when exposed to cold temperature or stress. This is self-limiting and rarely causes significant problems. ...Read more

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Does anyone here treat raynauds disease?

Does anyone here treat raynauds disease?

Yes: First, contact your physician in order to evaluate underlying causes vs. Primary raynauds. Many of the agents used are related to the underlying diseases. With that said, the kinds of agents used are calcium channel blockers, topical nitrates, and local heat (battery powered heating gloves/socks.). ...Read more

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What is raynauds disease and how does someone get it?

What is raynauds disease and how does someone get it?

Color changes: If 2 (of white, blue or red) occur on emotional distress or exposure to cold. Sometimes related to an underlying disease such as lupus but raynauds is extremely common - perhaps 7% of women. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of raynauds disease?

What are the most common symptoms of raynauds disease?

Raynaud's: Raynaud's syndrome is a spasm of the small vessels of the hands most often related to cold weather, emotional stress, or a multitude of other factors. Classically it is described as cold hands which first turn "ghost white" and then become purplish in color, most often trigged by the cold. This usually gets better when the hands are warmed. At worst it can cause ulcerations of the fingers. ...Read more

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I think I have raynauds disease. How can I find out for sure?

I think I have raynauds disease. How can I find out for sure?

See your doctor: The only way you can find the cause of your problem and how to treat and control your condition is to see your family doctor or go to a clinic raynaud disease can be due to another systemic condition or it may be on its own and can be helped with certain preventive measures and some meds if it is needed. ...Read more