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Raynaud S Phenomenon
I am busy with my work and family and don't have time for raynaud’s phenomenon. How can I treat it fast?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Color and location: Raynauds causes fingers to turn either white, blue and/or red usually in the cold. Poor circulation is different because it can affect palms and usually the border of the color change is a smooth transition. Raynauds usually has a distinct line between normal and blue /white. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are there any links between rheumatoid arthritis, raynaud's syndrome and fibromyalgia? If so what and how?
Yes: Raynauds can be seen associated with rheumatoid arthritis or may be part of a syndrome of overlap or mixed connective tissue disease. It is important to see your rheumatologist for full evaluation fibromyalgia may also be seen secondary to rheumatoid arthritis due to the pain of the ra. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Red, White, and Blue: Named after a french physician, raynaud's is improper regulation of blood flow. Pain and changes to the colors of the fingers and hand in response to cold (air conditioning, ice cubes, etc) or stress occurs as follows: the fingers turn white as the blood vessels constrict, then turn blue as the oxygen levels drop, then turn red upon rewarming. Usually benign, but see your doctor to be sure! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cold and stress: We do not completely understand the cause of raynaud's, but exposure to cold and emotional stress cause spasm in the blood vessels of the hands and feet. This causes a reduction in blood flow. The lack of oxygen in the area cause the color to change to white, with continued lack of oxygen they turn blue and then red as the spasm resolves and blood flow returns. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many disorders can: Many disorders can cause 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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
History and physical: A history and physical is the most important test. You will need an examination to clarify the diagnosis and find out why raynaud's is present. We can see it by itself, in families or associated with a variety of illnesses inclduing connective tissue diseases. These diagnoses will require a variety of tests to look at these diagnoses. ...Read more
Very unlikely: Raynaud's phenomenon decreases blood flow to the fingers, toes, nose, ears, or nipples, but the rest of the body should be ok. It would be very unusual to die from raynaud's phenomenon. Hypothetically, if a person got gangrene in a finger or toe, then got infected there, and was unable to get any treatment, his infection could spread to the rest of his body, leading to death by sepsis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Raynaud's can occur at anytime of year but is less common in warmer weather. Smoking and excessive caffeine can worsen the symptoms. Also, minimize the handling of ice cold beverages. Keep air conditioning settings at comfortable, not cold. Be aware that restaurants and more expensive stores keep the temperature settings low. ...Read more
Cold makes it worse: Patients with raynaud's phenomenon are very temperature sensative - cold weather, even warm water may cause pain and bluish finger discoloration. It is improtant to keep your hands warm at all times - some of my patients wear gloves most of the year to avoid attacks. Feel better. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Raynaud's help: As mentioned, the mainstay of treatment is to avoid doing things that make your vasoconstriction worse. So, avoid caffeine, nicotine, cold and stress. Also avoid otc cold meds, beta blockers for high blood pressure and certain birth control pills. If medication is needed, calcium channel blockers, Alpha blockers, and vasodilators like Nitroglycerin and several other drugs. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Pain: The fingers can turn red, white, blue, and this is painful. The sequence is often triggered by exposure to cold. ...Read more
About 5% in the U.S.: An estimated 5% of people in the United States have symptoms of raynaud's phenomenon. People with raynaud's symptoms can have vasospasm in the blood vessels supplying their fingers and/or toes, triggered by exposure to cold, vibrations, emotional stress, etc... ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer