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Are there any links between rheumatoid arthritis, raynaud's syndrome and fibromyalgia? If so what and how?

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
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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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Who gets raynaud’s?

Who gets raynaud’s?

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

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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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What type of physician is most familiar with raynaud’s?

A rheumatologist: A rheumatologist is the specialist with the most knowledge of raynaud's symptoms. A primary care doctor, and sometimes an endocrinologist, also help in the care of raynaud's patients. All patients should have a primary care doctor to care for the non-rheumatological needs of these patients. ...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

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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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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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What causes raynaud's disease?

What causes raynaud's disease?

Not known: Typically a prolonged small blood vessel spasm in response to stress or cold exposure. May improve with medication, but, generally is treated conservatively with rare problems arising. ...Read more

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Is raynaud's phenomenon common?

Yes: Raynauds is a hypersensitivity to the cold of the small vessels of the extremities (hands and feet). Most people with raynauds have no other disease associated with it. Occasionally raynauds is associated with an autoimmune disease. ...Read more

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What could be the cause raynaud's?

BAsic cause: Raynaud's is a disease that is defined by changes in the muscular lining of the arteries in response to temperature. Cold causes constriction (blue) and warmth causes expansion (redness). No specific reason for the muscular lining's reactiveness has been found. Treatments vary from patient to patient but good symptomatic relief is possible. Get to an expert in artery disease for best outcome. ...Read more

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What exactly is raynaud's syndrome?

What exactly is raynaud's syndrome?

Vessels constrict: 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

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What to do if sufferring from raynaud's?

What to do if sufferring from raynaud's?

See details: There are several treatment options and they depend on the severity of the disease. As far as meds go, calcium channel blockers are usually tried first especially nifedipine. Doctors may suggest vasodilators such as Pletal but I have found them to be usually of little or no benefit. For more severe cases viagra (sildenafil) type of drugs can be effective. For very severe prostacyclin inhibitors. ...Read more

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What are the tests for raynaud's phenomenon?

What are the tests for raynaud's phenomenon?

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

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Is it possible to die from raynaud's phenomenon?

Is it possible to die from raynaud's phenomenon?

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 more

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Is it possible to die from raynaud's phenomenon?

See below: You can die from some of the diseases associated with raynauds, but it would unusual from raynauds unless you developed digital ulcers that became infected and you had complications from the infection. ...Read more

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