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Doctor insights on: Raynauds Linked To Circulation

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I have raynaud's, what can I do to improve my circulation?

I have raynaud's, what can I do to improve my circulation?

Avoid cold; try meds: 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

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Dr. Michael Miller
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Raynaud's Disease (Definition)

It is vascular spasm in the fingers, toes, and can even involves the nose and ears and internal organs the blood vessels of the heart or kidneys in response to cold or stress causing the external elements especially the fingers, toes to turn white. Blue and red can also occur but I like to Emphasize if not white I can not be clear. Others ...Read more


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What's the difference between poor circulation and raynaud's?

What's the difference between poor circulation and raynaud's?

Spasm vs obstruction: Poor circulation is a general term but commonly refers to arterial insufficiency due to vessel obstruction which is most commonly atherosclerotic disease. Raynaud's is a condition of sympathetic disfunction that causes excessive and prolonged small vessel contraction. ...Read more

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Does raynaud's affect my heart circulation?

Does raynaud's affect my heart circulation?

No, but. . .: Raynaud's phenomenon (constriction of blood vessels to the fingers and toes, when exposed to triggers like cold weather) should not affect the heart circulation. However, other diseases that cause raynaud's (such as autoimmune disorders, hormonal imbalances, artery inflammation, drug effects, etc...) and the drugs for those diseases, or drugs for raynaud's symptoms, may affect heart circulation. ...Read more

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Raynaud phenomenon syndrome question. Is it really that or poor circulation?

Raynaud phenomenon syndrome question. Is it really that or poor circulation?

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 more

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Does having poor circulation of the heart also apply to raynaud's as well?

Does having poor circulation of the heart also apply to raynaud's as well?

Well, sort of!: Though it is possible for someone to have both diagnoses at the same time, poor cardiac function can certainly aggravate the seriousness of poor circulation in someone who also has raynaud's, since this is a localized blood flow problem with the digits. ...Read more

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I have lupus and raynaud's and livedo reticularis. Could my poor circulation be causing my dizzy spells and brain fog? My cardiac workup was normal.

I have lupus and raynaud's and  livedo reticularis. Could my poor circulation be causing my dizzy spells and brain fog? My cardiac workup was normal.

Maybe : unusual for someone your age to have poor circulation. However with inflammatory conditions circulation can be limited. If you have documented blockage in the right vessels then those symptoms can develop. ...Read more

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Do any of these natural remedies improve poor blood circulation? L-Arginine, Vitamin K2, Gotu Kola, butchers broom, parsley, cayenne pepper, ginger root, etc. I have Raynaud's Syndrome.

Do any of these natural remedies improve poor blood circulation? 
L-Arginine, Vitamin K2, Gotu Kola, butchers broom, parsley, cayenne pepper, ginger root, etc. I have Raynaud's Syndrome.

Raynaud's Syndrome: Please do what your doc says but consider a natural approach. Neo 40 is a beet root product to help circulation and has some research suggesting usefulness in Raynaud's. The pain may also be from neuropathy and sublingual vitamin B12 can be used to help w/that. See your doc or a nutritionist. Peace and good health. Beet root better than l-arginine. ...Read more

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Is there a link between raynaud syndrome and palpitations?

Is there a link between raynaud syndrome and palpitations?

Palpitations: There is no direct link between the syndrome and palpitations but it wouldn't be the least unusual for both to coexist in the same patient. ...Read more

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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 ra. ...Read more

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Does raynauds disease an scerloderma, link to lungs like upper lobe, and affect , heart, kidneys, brain, eyes, through blood vessels to brain and limbs?

Collagen Vascular Dx: Raynauds and scleroderma are likely collagen vascular disorders and overlaps amongst these disorders can cause vasculitis or inflamation of blood vessels in lungs and other organs. ...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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Is raynaud's disease harmful?

Is raynaud's disease harmful?

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

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How do you treat raynaud decease?

How do you treat raynaud decease?

Stay Warm, Stay calm: Core body warming, extremity warming, and decreasing stress are the initial approaches followed by prescription meds to dilate (open) blood vessels in the hands and feet. Smoking must be avoided. ...Read more

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What can cause raynaud's phenomenon?

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 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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What are the tests for raynaud's disease?

What are the tests for raynaud's disease?

None.: Raynaud's is a clinical syndrome with very specific features. Secondarily, a doctor may include tests looking for the cause, but it remains a clinical diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is raynaud's disease usually progressive?

Is raynaud's disease usually progressive?

Not necessarily: The raynaud's and scleroderma association in the U.K. States that raynaud's disease is more common in teens and young adults, especially teen girls and young women. The majority of patients resolve their symptoms in their twenties. (probably the approximately 10% of cases who have secondary conditions causing raynaud's will continue to have symptoms unless their secondary disorders are resolved.). ...Read more

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Dr. Patricia Foster
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Circulation (Definition)

1.Movement to and fro or around something, esp. That of fluid in a closed system. 2.The continuous motion by which the blood travels through all parts of the body under the action of the heart. Compliments ...Read more


Dr. Andrew Seibert
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Raynaud Phenomenon (Definition)

A condition in which some areas of the body feel numb and cool in certain circumstances. ...Read more