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What is reynauds phenomenon?

What is reynauds phenomenon?

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

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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How is reynaud's disease treated?

How is reynaud's disease treated?

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

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What do you do for reynaud's disease?

What do you do for reynaud's disease?

Various: Avoid cold exposure, dress warmly, wear gloves. Medications include blood pressure medications that dilate (widen) your blood vessels. ...Read more

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What are the best drugs for Reynauds?

What are the best drugs for Reynauds?

Raynaud's: Helpful link below from mayo clinic on raynauds.

http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/raynauds-disease/basics/definition/con-20022916

some meds like calcium channel blockers, Alpha blockers and vasodilators can be helpful.
Hope this helps. Good luck ...Read more

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My girlfriend has reynauds. What is that?

My girlfriend has reynauds. What is that?

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

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What are the symptoms of reynauds disease?

What are the symptoms of reynauds disease?

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

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With reynauds can it affect internal organs?

With reynauds can it affect internal organs?

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

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What's the biggest risk factor for reynauds?

What's the biggest risk factor for reynauds?

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

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Any tips on how to cope with reynauds disease?

Any tips on how to cope with reynauds disease?

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

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Could reynaud's syndrome cause chronic problems?

Could reynaud's syndrome cause chronic problems?

Maybe: Raynauds itself should not cause longterm problems, but associated diseases may. Avoid cold, emotional stress, and caffeine. If symptoms are severe, vascular specialists may recommend medication. ...Read more

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Tips on working and dealing with severe reynaud's?

Tips on working and dealing with severe reynaud's?

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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What medications are there for someone with reynauds'?

Ca++ channel blocker: 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. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my girlfriend has reynauds and she's not telling me something about it?

?: There are the knowns. There are the known unknowns. And there are the unknown unknowns (Donald Rumsfeld). It's hard to comment on information your girlfriend hasn't given you. Why do you suppose she's withholding this information? ...Read more

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What is so bad about reynaud's? Is it fatal?

What is so bad about reynaud's? Is it fatal?

No: Raynaud's is usually a benign condition that can be managed by avoiding cold. Sometimes there is an underlying problem that needs treatment, but this is the exception. Your doctor or a rheumatologist can help you determine if that is true in your case. IF not symptomatic treatment is all that is needed ...Read more

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Jobs/careers that are good for people with reynaud's?

Jobs/careers that are good for people with reynaud's?

COLD-FREE: Since raynauds is often exacerbated in cold weather avoid outdoor jobs or jobs in frozen food departments of supermarkets. ...Read more

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27 yo female, recent diagnosis reynauds, low bp, no insurance, what can I do to treat reynauds symptoms?

Keep hands/feet warm: By mechanically keeping hands and feet warm, the symptoms of raynauds may be avoided. Wearing layers of socks and gloves, using mechanical or chemical inserts to warm the hands or feet can help. Lastly there are some generic medications, generally used ofr blood pressure control that can be used to help avouid the symptoms. ...Read more

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What causes raynauds?

What causes raynauds?

Mystery: The cause is not completely understood but we know that cold temperatures and stress cause the small vessels in the hands and feet to constrict, causing pain. ...Read more

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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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How common is raynauds syndrome?

Depends: General population 5-10 percent and majority of patients with raynaud's may be just a phenomenon and not related to an autoimmune disease. ...Read more

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Raynauds syndrome, is there a cure?

Raynauds: There is no cure. Best strategy for symptoms is avoidance of the stimulus that causes it...cold, stress, etc ...Read more

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Is there anyway to treat raynauds?

Conservative: If they is an underlying source then treating that will help with the symptoms. If not then keeping feet and hands warm using socks on the feet and mittens on the hands will help. ...Read more

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What can be done to treat raynauds?

Raynauds: Keep digits warm mittens for hands and socks on feet
discuss med with your md
other options are biofeedback and acupuncture ...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 does having raynauds affect you?

Usually minimal: Most people with raynaud's have a very benign course. Main things to keep in mind involve keeping effected extremities warm and avoiding cold exposure. Rarely, people with an underlying reason such as scleroderma can have problems of a more serious nature. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of raynauds disease?

What are symptoms of raynauds disease?

Raynaud's: Cold sensitivity of the digits of the hands and feet secondary to cold exposure, trauma, or stress. Very often the digits will have color changes, white, blue with exposure, and then red when reentry into a warm area. ...Read more

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Should raynauds be treated right away?

Raynaud's: Raynaud's rarely occurs for no reason. The first step is always to try to determine the cause. The first step in treatment is avoidance of triggers (keep warm and warm up the affected area with each occurance). Medication is normally only used when avoidance/protection is not enough to prevent sores or functional limitations. ...Read more

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I have raynauds. What is the big deal?

I have raynauds. What is the big deal?

Are you sure: Raynaud's is related to the contraction of the vessels in the fingers, toes in response to cold or stress or both. In can also occur in internal vessels like those to the heart or the kidney. All of these can be a big deal and can lead to blocked vessels in the fingers = gangrene; heart or kidney = damage. Why you have raynaud's is important to these outcomes. You need this diagnosed. ...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 should I do about my mild raynauds?

Keep warm: Mild raynauds should be treated conservatively by simply keeping the hands and feet warm. For more significant symptoms medication, especially calcium channel blockers, can be helpful. ...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 are the causes of raynauds syndrome?

What are the causes of raynauds syndrome?

Usually cold: Raynauds involves cold or stress induced vasospasm of small vessels in hands and feet. It is really more of an annoyance than a harmful problem. 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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I have raynauds syndrome, any suggestions?

Several possibilitie: The real answer depends on several factors. First and foremost is whether the raynaud's symptoms are part of a larger systemic disease - like lupus or scleroderma - or if it a singular problem. The approach to therapy depends on severity of symptoms. Simple measures like wearing gloves or layers of gloves, using mechanical or chemical warmers like skiers do. There are also several meds that can d. ...Read more

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Is raynauds diesase considered a disability?

Legal decision: As noted by my colleagues, raynaud's disease can be considered a disability...And not really a disability. For the individual it is a problem, and sometimes serious and debilitating. The issue of disability is actually a legal one, as such decisions are made by a judge regardless of what the physician might say in his or her record or report. ...Read more

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Can you reccomend anything to help my raynauds?

Can you reccomend anything to help my raynauds?

Warmth: Dress warm centrally with extra layers and peripherally wiht gloves, heatd car seats. Stop smoking is you are. Ask your physician what medications can help - need to know why you have raynaud's. This will help your treatment. Clear other medications with your physician. Ones to consider aspirin, Nifedipine and similar one and erectile dysfunction medications. ...Read more

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What are the recommendations for mild raynauds?

What are the recommendations for mild raynauds?

Cold avoidance: Mild primary raynauds is a very benign condition. The main treatment is to avoid or limit exposure to cold and stress. Make sure you have good gloves when outside in cold temperatures and avoid being outside for prolonged periods of time. ...Read more

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What do I need to know about raynauds syndrome?

Few things: It is not due to poor circulation
it may be related to thyroid disease or other disease s such as scleroderma, connective tissue disorders
most case do not have an underlying cause
have your doctor do a workup. ...Read more

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Does raynauds get worse as you go through life?

Does raynauds get worse as you go through life?

Raynauds: Smoking, autoimmune disease and repetitive trauma or vibration to the fingers will all make it worse. If onset is after 40 years old there may be an underlyig disease so get checked out. Avoid cold to hands, stop smoking and avoid certain drugs, your doctor will know which. There are some medications that may help as well so see a doctor for treatment. ...Read more

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Explain raynauds syndrome what it is and symptoms?

Explain raynauds syndrome what it is and symptoms?

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