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What Kind Of Doctor Treats Raynauds
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
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
A rheumatologist: A rheumatologist is the main specialist to see for evaluating raynaud's symptoms. A primary care doctor can order many of the tests. Sometimes the primary care doctor will refer a patient to both a rheumatologist and an endocrinologist (to evaluate for hormonal imbalances). ...Read more
Variety: Vascular surgeons are usually the doctors tasked to manage this but primary care doctors can help with medication choices and long-term follow-up. ...Read more
Are there supplements I can take to help with raynauds disease? My doctor says that it isn't something he wants to treat at my age but, it's worsening.
Could be dangerous: If the vasospasm is sever enough, it can lead to loss of that finger or toe. Furthermore, an attack can cause severe pain and lead to decreed use and strength of that extremity. ...Read more
A doctor described raynaud's to me as being something like being "allergic to the cold". Does that make sense?
Yes: I think what the doctor meant by that is that you have an abnormally strong negative reaction to cold temperatures. Raynaud's syndrome involves extreme contraction of the arterial blood vessels in the hands and feet. This dramatically decreases the blood supply to the fingers and toes when they are exposed to cold environments. ...Read more
What test will tell for sure if you have raynauds? My doctor thinks I do and I wondered how long it would take to find out.
Non: Raynauds disease is a clinical diagnosis. If doubtful of the diagnosis seek a second opinion. ...Read more
Reaction to cold: If your toes turn purple, cold and numb upon exposure to cold temperatures then this is probably raynaud;s. ...Read more
See details.: The basic treatment is to minimize cold exposure. The front line medical therapy is calcium channel blockers, especially nifedipine. If these fail erectile dysfunction meds such as a form of viagra (sildenafil) can be very effective. For severe cases other options are available. ...Read more
What causes raynaud's phenomenon? My friends hands turn comp blue with the slightest bit of cold. Doc said it was just rs and was ok
My doctor just said I have Raynaud's Phenomenon. Are there any good vasodilators that are natural or or that don't have too many side effects?
No: Not to my knowledge. Keep your extremities warm and move your limbs often if you are in the cold. There is no great treatment out there for raynaud's unfortunately ...Read more
Doctor prescribed inderal (propranolol) for possible raynauds but I read online that it can cause it. Should I take it or ask doctor first?
Not the best choice: Ask him or her for an explanation. ...Read more
Can Sarcoidosis/Sjogrens/Raynauds/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome be managed by a GP alone OR do they need to be managed by a hospital doctor/s OR both? Thx
Depends but: A hospital doctor in contrast to a doctor in an academic/ university hospital is not the one to go to. I would suggest that you consult someone in academic medicine in your case at a university or tertiary care center near you. It is likely to complex for most GPs. ...Read more
I've had a blood test called cold agglutinins. Doctor is querying raynauds. What else could the doctor be looking for when asking for this test?
Several: Glad you asked. Cold agglutinins damage red cells in the cold and may be elevated for unknown reasons in mycoplasma pneumonia, and also define the uncommon cold agglutinin hemolytic anemias. Cryoglobulins are antibodies that precipitate themselves in the cold; you may also be checked for these; the underlying disease associates are different. Be proactive and read up if the results are positive. ...Read more
I take daily baby aspirin as prescribed by my doctor. Suspect this might be causing Raynaud's. Is there any OTC I can take that has same benefits?
Not true: ASA does mot cause Raynauds or make it more severe. Raynauds is usually very treatable. See a rheumatologist. ...Read more
Legs turn blotchy when I stand for long time. Doctor said its raynaud's but it doesn't help to be warm. My pulses are fine. What could this be?
Not Raynauds: Raynaud's disease is due to spasm of the muscular lining of the blood vessels due to temperature extremes. They will turn blue with cold exposure and red with heat exposure. Standing means the blood is pooling in the veins and the superficial ones will dilate. The legs look blotchy but it is of no concern as this is normal. 18 years old is extremely young to have raynauds. ...Read more
I have Joint Hypermobility Synd. My feet turn purple when I sit or if I'm standing too long. Doc said Raynaud's but I thought that happens when cold.?
Further eval needed: Raynauds syndrome is a vascular response, in which, there is constriction of blood vessel, as a response to certain stimuli, not only cold exposure, but also, certain chemical and or sustained vibration, among other things. It could occur as an isolated finding or associated to an underlying connective tissue disorder. Joint hyper mobility or laxity of joints bears no relationship to Raynauds ...Read more
Raynauds, sjogrens, ms, severe neuropathy, hypothyroid etc. Hot but temp in/out doesn't affect. Severe joint/muscle pain. On ivig/tecfidera/plaqunil. Sleep to pain/dryness? Help? See new doc mon. Sug
Dysautonomia: Autonomic dysfunction is involved in many neurodegenerative conditions. Ask your new doc about this problem being at play with your situation. ...Read more
Rheumatologist: A rheumatologist is the main specialist to see for evaluating raynaud's symptoms. A primary care doctor can order many of the tests. Sometimes the primary care doctor will refer a patient to both a rheumatologist and an endocrinologist (to evaluate for hormonal imbalances). ...Read more
Vascular Disease: While there is an obvious genetic predisposition for everything that happens to us, raynauds disease involves spasm of the muscular lining of the arteries. In cold weather they shrink, and hot weather makes them dilate but they do so maximally. Ask your dr. About Pletal (cilostazol) which has shown excellent results in treatment. ...Read more
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
Yes: Raynaud's phenomenon usually affects the fingers and toes, but has been known to affect also the nose, ears, nipples, and lips. The treatment should be the same, identifying the triggers and avoiding the triggers. Auto-immune disorders, drug side effects, occupational situations, and other causes can be treated if they are causing raynaud's phenomenon. ...Read more
Antiphospholipid syndrome, fmd, and raynauds syndrome, ab positive blood type, what can I do to be healthy?
See details: A very good question. The most important thing to do is to stay on your meds and continue under the care of doctors who are knowledgeable about your medical problems. Continue to eat correctly, watch your weight and exercise regularly. ...Read more
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